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A Most Satisfactory Man
The Story of Theodore Brevard Hayne, Last Martyr of Yellow Fever

Charles S. Bryan

A lesson in courage about an ordinary man who fought a devastating disease

A Most Satisfactory Man recounts the tragic yet inspiring life story of an engaging, energetic young man from a prominent South Carolina family who distinguished himself as a hero and martyr in the fight against yellow fever. Theodore Brevard Hayne (1898–1930) conducted research in West Africa on infected mosquitos and monkeys and was the last researcher to die from the disease. A vaccine became available just one year after his death.

Drawing largely on Hayne's letters from Nigeria and the diary of Hayne's superior in West Africa, Charles S. Bryan crafts a compelling tale about a devoted physician-investigator, an infectious disease that confounded researchers for more than a century, and one of America's finest hours in the field of international health.

Charles S. Bryan is Heyward Gibbes Distinguished Professor of Internal Medicine and chair, Department of Medicine, University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He is a fellow and laureate of the American College of Physicians, editor of the Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association and recipient of the William Osler Medal, given by the American Association for the History of Medicine.

"A wonderful tale wonderfully told, scientifically informed and at the same time immensely humanistic in its orientation."—Jeremiah A. Barondess, President, The New York Academy of Medicine

"A Most Satisfactory Man is a most satisfactory read …an excellent example of how local history interconnects with the world at large."—Walter B. Edgar, author of South Carolina in the Modern Age



book jacket for A Most Satisfactory Man


6 x 9
166 pages
61 illustrations
ISBN 978-1-57003-123-6
hardcover, $19.95s


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