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Walter Reed Papers 1888-1972
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Biography

Biographical Note

Born in Gloucester County, Va., Walter Reed received an M.D. from the University of Virginia in 1869 and another M.D. from Bellevue Hospital Medical College in 1871. He joined the Army Medical Corps in 1876. Reed served in many areas throughout the country, including Fort Lowell, Az., and Baltimore, before becoming professor of bacteriology at the Army Medical School in 1893. During the Spanish-American War he sought a cure for typhoid fever in Cuba. After the war, he remained in Cuba with the Yellow Fever Board, which determined that yellow fever was carried by mosquitoes. Reed died in Washington, D.C. of complications from an appendectomy.