Introduction: Illuminating a Different Civil War
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.