With the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal celebrated on August 15, 2014, let’s not forget that a Cuban physician from Camaguey was partly responsible for the completion of this feat. During the construction of the canal, yellow fever/malaria was more lethal than the current Ebola virus in Africa. It is estimated that 20,000 died in Panama during this period due to yellow fever.
And, yet, the majority of Americans give credit to this discovery to Dr. Walter Reed – who, by the way, gave due credit to Dr. Finlay.
With seven Cuban-Americans serving in the U.S. Congress, I think that it would be appropriate for them to enact a law to recognize Dr. Finlay’s contributions to humanity. Similarly, I think that someone should nominate him for the Nobel Prize in Medicine posthumously.
To read an op-ed that I wrote on this matter, click on https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20140524151537-11570625-unsung-heroes-forgotten-inspirations