Dr. Carlos Juan Finlay and “Doctors Day“

With good reason, today is “Doctors Day.”  The work of Dr. Carlos Juan Finlay in investigating the causes and transmission agent of yellow fever is monumental. I can’t help but speculate that if Finlay had lived in this time, how he would have been seen by the authorities.  In the fights for independence he remained on the sidelines, despite being of age to participate. Two of his sons were active in the War of Independence, but that did not separate him from his research either. However, he worked as a doctor in the interventionist U.S. Army, and worked in campaign hospitals in Santiago de Cuba, and in cleansing the city from the scourge of yellow fever. To him, the cause of independence seems to have been a peripheral issue.

Don’t misinterpret me. Finlay was clear about his priorities: In the swamp he would have been just one more doctor; his objective was to save millions.

December 3 2011


One thought on “Dr. Carlos Juan Finlay and “Doctors Day“

  1. thank you.i have long looked for information regarding the last years of his life.where exactly did he die or faint?have you seen any pictures of,or the actual home?in particular the rear,couple stories,many windows ,large expanse of grass and ending at the wide water.have you seen,or pictures of, a period roadster with side mounted spare tire? or perhaps of a much younger woman who lived with him at the end.have you heard stories of lost papers at sea?much more.i hope that you can help me,this is quite personal only. best regards.i await your reply..cheerio;michell ,.

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