If that happened, Reed wrote his boss, Army Surgeon General George Sternberg, 'I shall regret that I ever undertook this work. The responsibility for the life of a human being weighs upon me very heavily'" (68).
Signpost: Numbers & Stats
"A medical society and an American elementary school were named after him; and-though he never won-Dr. Finlay was nominated for one of science's greatest awards, the Nobel Prize in medicine, three times before his death in 1915" (79).
"To make sure all the men in his experimental group were healthy, Reed ordered medics to take the volunteers' pulse and temperature three times a day. There were going to be no slip-ups, no accidental illnesses, nothing that would allow critics to find fault with the experiments-not if Reed could help it" (67).
"They dressed themselves in the filthy clothing, put the dirty sheets and blankets on their beds, waved some of the towels and bedding around to spread the 'germs,' and slept in the hot, fetid little building for the next twenty nights" (69).
The author quoted Reed because he's the one conducting the experiment. The quote helps us understand how Reed would feel if one of the volunteers were to die in his experiment.
Word Gap: fetid
With how hard it probably is to get nominated for a Nobel Prize, that's crazy to get nominated three times! The author used this number to show how much Finlay effected the world.
Summary: The Important Thing
Three important ideas are: 1. Believe in yourself even when others don't believe in you. 2. Push through in hard times. 3. Two minds are stronger than one. But, the MOST important thing is: When you fail, stepping up is really hard, but if you keep going you'll get really far.
Reed showed the growth mindset characteristic learns from failure. He did this by learning from when the critics didn't believe him. If he didn't make sure there weren't any flaws in his experiment, many of the critics probably wouldn't have believed him when he tried to prove that mosquitoes were the cause of yellow fever.
Book Club Question
How might have Dr. Finlay's "crazy" theory changed the way people thought about weird ideas?