Archive: HISTORY OF MEDICINE

Yellow Jack Vaccine: Victory without Clinical Trial

In its reconnaissance on medical-themed films, Movies on Chatham dug deep in time to pluck a 1938 movie out of obsolescence. Uncovering this gem of a movie, Yellow Jack (Seitz, 1938) — apart from its value in portraying an event in the history of  medicine — allows us to learn about Walter Reed as a person, not just the name of a military hospital in Bethesda, Maryland (“About Us – Walter Reed”, 2019).

Map of Cuba showing Spanish-American War battle sites
Map of Cuba showing Spanish-American War battle sites

Yellow Jack tells the story of a group of doctors and scientists, Dr. Reed among them, who travel to Cuba after the Spanish-American War1,2 hoping to find a cure for “yellow fever,” a hemorrhagic virus that is ravaging the population there. Continue reading Yellow Jack Vaccine: Victory without Clinical Trial