American Experience - Season 19, Episode 5 - Rotten Tomatoes

The Great Fever

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Director/writer/producer Adriana Bosch teams with filmmaker Michael Chin for this dramatic account of the fight against yellow fever, a scourge that claimed approximately 100,000 over the course of the 19th Century. Dr. Carlos Finlay was a Cuban physician who theorized that yellow fever was spread by mosquitoes. But while Dr. Finlay's theory was initially rejected, it would later prove the foundation of US Army Dr. Walter Reed, Dr. James Carroll, and Major Jesse Lazar's extensive research into the deadly and fast spreading disease. After successfully gaining the upper hand against yellow fever in Havana, Dr. Reed, Dr. Carroll, and Major Lazar returned to America and prevented a small outbreak in New Orleans from becoming a national catastrophe in 1905.

Cast

Linda Hunt
as Narrator
Robert Grant
as Aristides Agramonte
James M. Nikcevich
as James Carroll
John Freudberg
as Carlos Finlay
Michael A. Corry
as Jesse Lazear
Georgia Ann Downey
as Mabel Lazear
Bernhard Seifert
as Walter Reed
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