Agramonte, Aristides. "The Inside Story of a Great Medical Story," Great Adventures in

 

Agramonte, Aristides. "The Inside Story of a Great Medical Story," Great Adventures in
Medicine, in Samuel Rapport and Helen Wright, editors. New York: Dial, 1952, pp. 562-586.
(Originally, 1915)

The author of this essay is the only member of the original Yellow Fever Board created by the
USPHS to investigate the disease in Cuba. The other members were Reed, Carroll and Lazear.
They all died early in life and, by the time this was written, there was no one but Agramonte with
personal knowledge.

The story of Lazear being an autoexperimenter is, according to this historian, just not true. Lazear
was accidentally bitten by a passing mosquito and died. I'm inclined to believe this version in
that the author was a classmate of Lazear and would have been only too happy to have heaped
honor on Lazear if it had been merited. This version is probably correct even if it fails to make a
martyr of Lazear.

Reed certainly comes off better here than in the other versions. Reed is described here as the
officer in charge who got stuck with the red tape and the endless paperwork. He was not in Cuba
when Lazear died; the military had ordered him back to Washington and he had to go.