Old Play in Manhattan, Mar. 10, 1947

Yellow Jack (by Sidney Howard in collaboration with Paul de Kruif; produced by the American Repertory Theatre) is still, after 13 years, a vivid stage document. It tells the story of the search for the cause of yellow fever and, without too much sentimentality, portrays the heroism of men' who gambled their lives in the quest.

Laid in Cuba in 1900, Yellow Jack shows a frustrated and not yet famous Walter Reed, and the doctors under him, deciding rather desperately to test out Cuban Dr. Carlos Finlay's long-held theory that yellow fever is transmitted by mosquitoes. The test is hazardous, for since...

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