Secret of the Yellow Death: A True Story of Medical Sleuthing by Suzanne JurmainSecret of the Yellow Death: A True Story of Medical Sleuthing by Suzanne Jurmain

Secret of the Yellow Death: A True Story of Medical Sleuthing

bySuzanne Jurmain

Paperback | September 10, 2013

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Red oozes from the patient's gums. He has a rushing headache and the whites of his eyes look like lemons. He will likely die within days.Here is the true story of how four Americans and one Cuban tracked down a killer, one of the world's most vicious plagues: yellow fever. Set in fever-stricken Cuba, this book allows the reader to feel the heavy air, smell the stench of disease, hears the whine of mosquitoes biting human volunteers during the surreal experiments. Exploring themes of courage, cooperation, and the ethics of human experimentation, this gripping account is ultimately a story of the triumph of science.
Suzanne Tripp Jurmain was born into a theatrical family, making her acting debut at age four and appearing in a number of television programs during her childhood and teen years. After earning an honors degree in English at UCLA, she worked at UCLA's Fowler Museum before becoming a freelance writer. She has published several award-win...
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Title:Secret of the Yellow Death: A True Story of Medical SleuthingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:112 pages, 9 × 7.5 × 0.27 inPublished:September 10, 2013Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0547746245

ISBN - 13:9780547746241

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With plenty of gory details . . . Even reluctant readers will respond to the gruesome descriptions of the disease and of brave volunteers . . . Quotations from the doctors' letters and later accounts by other participants gives the story an immediacy heightened by conversational writing full of questions and cliffhangers . . . powerful exploration of a disease that killed 100,000 U.S. citizens in the 1800s." - Kirkus Reviews "