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"This is an interesting and entertaining biography of Dr. William C. Gorgas, the Army physician who has been called by many 'the man who made the building of the Panama Canal possible.' Although his name is not so familiar to the present generation, Gorgas is most noted for his brilliant work in overcoming yellow fever. The Gorgas story is that of a young man whose determination to enter the Army first led him to go through medical school, of an Army physician who deliberately entered a yellow fever ward to study the disease, of the romance of a physician who married one of his patients, of the struggle to make the Panama Canal area safe for workers in the face of ridicule, and of the successful health-protection campaign launched among American soldiers during World War I. This book is recommended to all readers interested in medicine [and] history." --The Journal of the American Medical Association
"...the principal address at the Annual Meeting [of the American Public Health Association] in Washington, D. C., in  was delivered by a distinguished, whitehaired, soft-speaking, typical southern gentleman and physician named William Crawford Gorgas. Then at the height of his well merited fame, Gorgas had been serving since 1914 as Surgeon General of the Army. Two years after his retirement from this position, in 1920, General Gorgas died in England while en route to the endemic disease centers in West Africa on a mission for the International Health Board of the Rockefeller Foundation.
Although the name of Gorgas has been only a memory for more than three decades, his many sanitary achievements, especially his conquests of yellow fever and malaria in Havana and Panama, never can be or will be forgotten....Now this imperishable story is told again, appropriately by the director of public health education in Gorgas's native state, Alabama. It is told very well indeed, without any of that brash jauntiness which characterizes some of the popular writings about our so-called health heroes. Not only is the style smooth and interesting, but the material, augmented by private papers made available by the Gorgas family, seems authoritative. It is also more complete in describing some of the later and less well known facets of the famous Gorgas career.
This well printed, well documented, well indexed, and well written book deserves wide reading, not only by physicians and sanitarians but by the general public." --James A. Tobey, American Journal of Public Health and the Nation's Health
"[An] excellent book...this volume remains a charming introduction to an astounding life." --James Polk Morris, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, in Louisiana History: The Journal of the Louisiana Historical Association