In the late nineteenth century, the understanding of disease and disease transmission made huge strides, with a number of critical pathogens identified. However, certain diseases remained a complete mystery to medical science.
At the dawn of the twentieth century, the understanding of yellow fever, known colloquially as “yellow jack,” became a priority for the US military when, during the Cuban leg of the Spanish-American war, more than five times as many soldiers died of disease than were killed in action . . .
—Lyzmadness, and you call yourself a scientist!?
For a decade after the release of The Story of Louis Pasteur in 1935, “medical discovery” pictures were a popular genre.
—Metzinger & Metzinger, Silver Scenes
By watching Yellow Jack (1938) this month, we learn more about the medical crises and vaccines that have improved our current states of health.
Are You Preparing Yourself?
Now, switching scenes, are you preparing yourself . . . for thinking critically about movies and other important life issues?
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Metzinger, D., & Metzinger, C. (2017). Yellow Jack (1938). Silver Scenes. Retrieved from https://silverscenesblog.blogspot.com/2017/07/yellow-jack-1938.html
Seitz, G. (Director). (1938). Yellow Jack [MOTION PICTURE]. USA: MGM.
Yellow Jack (1938). (2016). And you call yourself a scientist!? Retrieved from https://andyoucallyourselfascientist.com/2016/06/04/yellow-jack-1938/