Walter Reed

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Major Walter Reed (September 13, 1851 to November 23, 1902) was a physician in the U.S. Army. He is best known for his discovery, as a result of a series of experiments in Cuba, that yellow fever is carried by the mosquito. As only humans will catch yellow fever, Walter Reed had to use human volunteers. Once it was known that mosquitoes carried yellow fever, it was possible to reduce deaths from yellow fever by mosquito eradication, allowing the completion of the Panama Canal.[1]

The Walter Reed Medical Center, the US Army's primary stateside hospital for personnel, is named in his honor.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Biography of Walter Reed