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November 11, 1939

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JAMA. 1939;113(20):1816-1817. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800450038015

AMERICAN DOCTORS ON POSTAGE STAMPS  Last year The Journal1 called attention to the disparity between the number of physicians in other countries who had been honored by special issues of postage stamps and the number so honored in the United States. Now the United States Postoffice Department announces a famous American series of postage stamps which will soon be issued. Among some thirty Americans to be thus memorialized are two physicians, Major Walter Reed of the U. S. Army Medical Corps and Dr. Crawford W. Long of Georgia. Although other names might well have been added to this brief list, no one will deny that the two selected fully merit this honor. Our Eastern shores and many of our cities were invaded some ninety-five times by yellow fever before Drs. Reed, Carroll, Agramonte and Lazear conducted experiments in Cuba which demonstrated that yellow fever is transmitted by the bites