James Hildebrand (1862-1935)

ID: SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2008-3869]

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Form/Genre: Black-and-white photographs

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Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 90-105, Science Service Records, Image No. SIA2008-3869

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Summary

James Hildebrand (1862-1935) of the Alabama Infantry and Hospital Corps, shown here at age 70, was a volunteer in the yellow fever research conducted by U.S. Army doctors in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. In one of the famous fomite studies, Hildebrand agreed to sleep for twenty days on a towel contaminated by the blood of a patient who had died of yellow fever, helping to prove William Finlay's "mosquito hypothesis" (that is, yellow fever is spread by an insect bite, not close contact with an infected individual).

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  • Hildebrand, James 1862-1935
  • United States Army

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 90-105, Science Service Records, Image No. SIA2008-3869

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Smithsonian Institution Archives Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520

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Topic

  • Spanish-American War (1898)
  • Yellow fever
  • Spanish-American War, 1898

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Black-and-white photographs

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SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2008-3869]

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Gelatin silver prints

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