The Fever Hut

Release date: February 21, 2024.

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Yellow fever huts, Cuba, 1900
Hand-drawn map from the 1940s estimating camp locations.

As a microbiologist, I always wondered why Walter Reed was famous for “conquering” yellow fever, an often-fatal viral infection in the tropics and the American South. After all, he had never seen a case of yellow fever until he arrived in Cuba, and even then, he hardly spent any time on the island. So, rather than write a bit of commentary for some science journal, I decided to write a novel about two doctors—an Irish-American Army surgeon and an African-American contract surgeon—caught up in the war in Cuba and the dangers of yellow fever, and how Reed managed to step into the scientific limelight in the last days of the 19th century.