In the 19th century, Galveston suffered epidemics of yellow fever at least eight times. Thousands died, commerce stagnated, and the best medical minds were confounded.
Stranger's Disease offers an examination of the impact of yellow fever epidemics on the development of Galveston. The disease is spread by mosquitos, like current global health threats Zika and West Nile virus. For years, however, no one in the medical community understood how or why yellow fever attacked populations. Experience the stories of uncertainty and perseverance that led to the discovery of the cause of the disease and an effective treatment.
Stranger's Disease is co-curated by students from the Institute for the Medical Humanities, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
On display: February 2 – May 8, 2017