Clara Louise Maass: Heroine or Martyr of Public Health?


Address correspondence to: Eleanor Krohn Herrmann, R.N., Ed.D., 1116 Wallingford Road, Cheshire, CT 06410. Telephone: (203) 272-8844.


Clara Louise Maass had a brief career that culminated in her participation in a fatal yellow fever experiment. For making this choice, she has been called a hero and a martyr. For her lifelong devotion to nursing the ill and her selfless assistance in determining the etiology of yellow fever, her memory has been accorded many honors.