"Did Dr, Lazear deliberately let an infected mosquito bite him"(48)?
Signpost: Numbers and Stats
Can I have 10,000 dollars?
'General Wood,' he said,'will you give me $10,000 to continue and complete these[yellow fever] experiments'(54)?
"In Cuba, however, Jesse Lazear was working hard. Day after day he tended the insects, carried out experiments, and jotted down his records in a big lab notebook and another smaller book he carried in the pocket of his shirt"(46).
Why did Dr.Lazear let an infected mosquito bite him? If he had not let an infected mosquito bite him then he would have not risked dying or even just simply being in the hospital. This matters because Dr.Lazear was basically the lead on this discovery and this is the beast idea that they have found, and him dying throws off the whole investigation.
Word Gap: speculation
The author used this number to show how expensive the yellow fever experiment tests are because 10,000 dollars their time is 250,00 dollars our time and that is a really large number.
Summary: 5-7 Word Gist
Dr.Lazear demonstrated a characteristic of knowing that the study will take time and hard work. If Dr.Lazear did not work this hard the, we would not have a general understanding of what causes yellow fever.
Book Club Question
Why would people voulenteer to posibly get killed,participating in an experiment?
Definition: The forming of a theory or conjecture without firm evidence Technical term: No
"The Philidelphia Medical Journal called reeds report 'pure speculation'"(56).
Lazaer's dead, the experiment is going downhill.
Lazear is dead, the mosquitoes are dying, and we will have to pay people to try our experiment.
How might the scientist conduct this medical experiment, without someone actually dying?