Just how crazy do you think a scientist can get? In this article titled 15 interesting Stubbins Ffirth facts, we are going to learn some bizarre facts about of the craziest scientists/doctors the world has ever known! So, what did he do? That is exactly what we are going to find out. Just a heads up – whatever he did was utterly gross and you are, by all means, going to feel sick when you read this article.
Interesting Stubbins Ffirth facts: 1- 8
1. Born in 1784, Stubbins Ffirth was an American trainee doctor. He died in 1820.
2. He came in focus after the 1793 Yellow Fever Epidemic that had hit Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and killed roughly 10% of the population. Philadelphia at that time had a population of 50,000.
3. A few years after the Yellow Fever outbreak, Ffirth joined University of Pennsylvania and started studying the disease.
4. He noted that the disease was far more widespread during the summer months and the number of Yellow Fever cases dropped significantly during the winter.
5. This finding led Ffirth to strongly believe that Yellow Fever was a result of stress caused by the heat of the summer months and that the disease was not at all contagious.
6. Ffirth wanted to establish that his theory was correct and in order to do so he started experimenting. The guinea pig for his experiments was none other than himself.
7. In an attempt to prove that Yellow Fever was not at all contagious, he started experimenting on himself during the next outbreak of the disease in 1802-1803
8. It was during this second outbreak that he started to bring himself in direct contact with the body fluids of the infected patients, especially of those who were in late stages of the disease.