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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III THE DISCOVERIES OF THE SEED BOARD . EEED wished to make his demonstrations as convincing and spectacular as possible. It was an entirely new idea, and his conclusions excited a great deal of adverse comment and criticism. This theory was so contrary to what most men thought had been their practical experience that it was received with scant consideration. He had a small frame house built, fourteen by twenty feet, well screened-in with wire netting, so that mosquitoes could not get in or out. This building he had divided into two compartments by a partition extending down the center, made of wire netting, and it was known as the infected mosquito building. It was well ventilated. Most persons at this time believed that in some way the air conveyed yellow fever. Dr. Eeed wished to show that this was not the case. . He put two non-immunes in this building, one in each room. These two men breathed exactlythe same air, and had exactly the same surroundings, with one single exception which I will in a moment point out. But they were entirely separated by the wire netting. He let them live and sleep in these rooms for several days, so as to demonstrate that there was no yellow-fever infection in the building. He then put fifteen infected stegomyia in one of the rooms; left the man in this room for thirty minutes, announcing that the room was now infected. He took the man out of this infected room, but left in the other room two men on the other side of the wire netting. He stated that the man who had stayed thirty minutes in the infected room would come down with yellow fever within three or four days, and that the other men, who were only separated from him by wire netting, and who breathed and were surrounded by exactly the same air, would not get sick. He ex...
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