ï~~III. SERIES OF EXPERIMENTS AT BOSTON, FEBRUARY AND MARCH, 1919.
By Lieut. Commander M. J. RoSENAU, Lieut. W. J. KEEGAN, and Lieut. DE WAYN
RICHEY, United States Navy; and Surg. JOSEPH GOLDBERGER, Surg. G. W. McCor
Passed Asst. Surg. J. P. LEAKE, and Passed Asst. Surg. G. C. LAKE, United Sta
Public Health Service.
These experiments were conducted at the United States Quarantin
Station, Gallups Island, Boston, Mass., upon volunteers from th
United States Naval Detention Training Camp, Deer Island, Mass.
by medical officers detailed for the purpose from the United State
Public Health Service and United States Navy. They can be re
garded as a continuation of the previous series of experiments at th
same place under the auspices of the same services and with the sam
objects, to ascertain the cause and mode of spread of influenza
Cooperation and assistance, without which these experiments coul
not have gone forward, were received from Surg. Gen. W. C. Braisted
United States Navy; Surg. Gen. Rupert Blue, United States Publi
Health Service; Rear Admiral E. R. Stitt, and Commander J. R11
Phelps, Medical Corps, United States Navy; Asst. Surg. Gens. J. W
Schereschewsky and R. H. Creel, United States Public Health Serv
ice; Capt. John M. Edgar, Commander F. M. Furlong, Lieut. Comi
mander L. W. McGuire, Lieut. W. R. Redden, Lieut. A. L. Grant
Lieut. J. W. Parsons, and Lieut. T. J. Kennedy, Medical Corps
United States Navy; Lieut. J. W. Flannery and Chaplain J. M. J,
Quinn, of the Deer Island Training Station, United States Navy
Surg. W. M. Bryan, Act. Asst. Surgs. F. X. Crawford and E. Mi
Looney, United States Public Health Service; Dr. Harry Linenthal
Prof. Reid Hunt, and Prof. Worth Hale, of the Harvard MediceR.
School; and the donors and recipients of the experimental materia
The volunteers particularly deserve credit; their names are giveni
Time.-The experiments began with the advent of the volunteers
to the island- on February 4-6, 1919, and were concluded March 10,
Place.-Gallups Island is a small island of about 16 acres, lyin
6 miles down Boston Harbor. It is one-fourth mile from the nearest
land adj acent, Fort Standish, on Lovells Island. Its topography is
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Shiilly; the hygienic conditions are very good and its buildings, about
30 in number, including quarters, barracks, mess halls, galleys and
'hospitals, are equipped with modern heating, lighting and sanitation
Climatic conditions.-Gallups Island shared in the unusually
mild winter of the Atlantic seaboard. During the time the experinents were in progress the maximum temperature was 500 F., and
the minimum 18Â~ F., with a mean temperature of from 380 to 430 F.
As a rule the days were clear, and plenty of sunshine prevailed.
There was always a brisk breeze which sometimes became accelerated
to a gale of about 40 miles per hour. Occasionally it rained and less
frequently snow fell. No one, at any time, experienced any inconvenience, much less hardship, from the weather during the sojourn
on this station.
Volunteers.-The entire contingent consisted of 49 men, 30 of
whom arrived on February 4, 1919, and 19 on February 6, 1919. Of
these, 6 did not come under experimentation, leaving 43 on whom
82 inoculations were made. These are accounted for as follows:
1 man received 3 inoculations, 37 received 2, and 5 received 1.
s The men were from 19 to 36 years of age. Two were nineteen;
30 were from 20 to 25; 9 were from 26 to 30; and 2 were 33 and 36,
Physically, the men were in very good condition. Eleven showed
rather large tonsils, with some congestion of the pharynx. The
weights ranged from 125 to 182 pounds. The mean weight on admision was 157 pounds, and on discharge 157.6 pounds. Sixteen men
gained from 1 to 12 pounds, 15 lost from 1 to 12 pounds, and the
weight of 12 remained stationary.
The leucocyte counts varied from 5,600 to 11,200. Care was
taken to obtain all blood counts at approximately 1 hour before
At Deer Island, from which place the volunteers came, cases of
ifluenza since January 1, 1919, are recorded as follows:
A careful history was taken of each man prior to the beginning of
actual experimentation. Stress was laid upon data pertinent to
previous health, and, more especially, upon their activities and
ailments during the recent pandemic of influenza. It was found that