Book Club Week 1

Book Club Week 1
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  • Signpost 1: Extreme or Absolute Language
  • "'I felt,' he later said, 'as though six Ford cars had run over my body'"(71).
  • Signpost 2: Numbers and Stats
  • "...All three Spanish immigrants had come down with yellow fever"(72).
  • Mindset: Growth Mindset
  • "...Like those who worked with Reed-are now knowingly risking possible illness, injury,or even death in order to voluntarily participate in experiments that test new vaccines, new treatments, new medical techniques, and new drugs that may one day benefit humanity."(86).
  • This Information tells us how much intense pain John Kissinger was in while experiencing yellow fever.
  • Word Gap:Congressional
  • "...the Congressional Gold Medal, for their work on yellow fever"(81).
  • This use of numbers and stats shows that all 3 of the people the scientists tested on had received.
  • Summary: SWBS
  • In the last segment of the book, it shows us how the mosquito theory is finally proven after many months of experiments and how this long yet treacherous journey ends with one vaccine.
  • This shows that the whole group of scientists  had a growth mindset because they never gave up and sacrificed their lives. If they have just given up or give no effort, then the yellow fever might have been treated later in time or maybe not at all.
  • Book Club Questions
  • Definition: belonging or relating to a national legislative body, especially that of the U.S. Technical Term? Yes because the Congressional Gold Medal is bestowed by the Congress, therefore relating the two terms.
  • The most important thing was when Dr. Walter Reed's team of scientists showed tenacity and grit throughout their multiple experiments and journey to find an end to the horrific occurences of the dreaded yellow fever. Many years later, in 1936, Max Theiler later finished up what Reed had started by creating a vaccine for the yellow fever. 
  • How much did the vaccine cost when it was invented? How much does the yellow fever cost?
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