Henry Rose Carter

August 25, 1852–September 14, 1925

Dr. Henry Rose Carter, assistant surgeon general of the United States Public Health Service and member of the International Health Board's Yellow Fever Council, died at his home in Washington, September 14, following an illness of several months. Dr. Carter was the originator of the modern quarantine system and one of the great pioneers in yellow fever and malaria control. His discovery of the period of extrinsic incubation of yellow fever places him with Reed and Gorgas in the distinguished group of scientists and sanitarians who have made the most significant contributions to our knowledge of this disease and the methods of combating it. Walter Reed said of Carter, “His work did more to impress me with the importance of an intermediate host in yellow fever than everything else put together.”

Dr. Carter was born in Caroline County, Virginia, August 25, 1852.