Introduction: Illuminating a Different Civil War in the Fight against Typhoid Fever
Walter Reed’s professional experiences with typhoid fever stand in marked contrast to his professional encounters with yellow fever. In the case of typhoid, he was more a messenger than a conqueror. Typhoid fever remained defiant during a career that oversaw the rout of yellow fever. Through a humanizing story that shows how fate brought Reed continuing frustration as well as talent and success, this exhibit seeks to render him a more accessible role model for students of medicine and history.