Dear Colleagues,

You are cordially invited to the next NLM History of Medicine lecture, to be held Wednesday, 17 October 2012 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., in the NLM Visitor Center, National Library of Medicine, Building 38A, Bethesda, MD. In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, NLM presents:

"Fred L. Soper and the First 50 Years of International Health Campaigns in the Americas."

Susan Speaker, PhD
Historian, History of Medicine Division Digital Manuscripts Program
National Library of Medicine

Between 1920 and 1942, the Rockefeller Foundation's International Health Division, working with public health officials in South America, achieved a major public health milestone: widespread control of malaria and yellow fever. This presentation will explore Dr. Fred Soper's many contributions to the campaigns in Brazil during this time. Soper literally "wrote the book" on effective mosquito eradication procedures and personnel management; the "Yellow Fever Service Manual of Operations" became the benchmark for yellow fever control, and a model for subsequent malaria eradication campaigns. He also introduced better diagnostic techniques for yellow fever and discovered that yellow fever had not one, but several mosquito vectors, and could infect non-human hosts. After World War II, Soper applied his decades of experience to the work of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), serving as its director from 1947 to 1959.

All are welcome.

Sign language interpretation is provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate may contact Stephen Greenberg at 301-435-4995, e-mail [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>, or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).

Due to current security measures at NIH, off-campus visitors are advised to consult the NLM Visitors and Security website:

Sponsored by
NLM's History of Medicine Division
Jeffrey S. Reznick, PhD, Chief

Event contact:
Stephen J. Greenberg, MSLS, PhD
Coordinator of Public Services
History of Medicine Division
National Library of Medicine, NIH
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