William Crawford Gorgas
William Crawford Gorgas KCMG (October 3, 1854 – July 3, 1920)
was a United States Army physician and 22nd Surgeon General of the U.S. Army (1914–1918).
He is best known for his work in Florida, Havana and at the Panama Canal in abating the transmission of yellow fever and malaria
by controlling the mosquitoes that carry them at a time when there was considerable skepticism and opposition to such measures.
Note: Unfortunately these days 100 years later the mosquitoes are back and dengue fever has become a health problem in Panama.
Image Source: US Library of Congress
1914 - 2014 100th Anniversary Panama Canal
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