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Dr. Frederick Murphy Character Analysis

Now the director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases at the CDC, Dr. Murphy was one of the scientists who discovered Ebola, who helped name it, and who took pictures of it with an electron microscope to help others identify it. A friend of Major General Russell’s, he helps USAMRIID scientists to identify the Reston virus as Ebola by looking at the pictures taken by Thomas Geisbert.
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Dr. Frederick Murphy Character Timeline in The Hot Zone

The timeline below shows where the character Dr. Frederick Murphy appears in The Hot Zone. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 7: Ebola River
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Human Error and Fragility Theme Icon
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Innovation and Curiosity vs. Hubris  Theme Icon
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...the virus within the blood began to attack the healthy cells. Meanwhile, another doctor named Frederick Murphy , who had helped to identify the Marburg virus, decided to use an electro-microscope to... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 8: Chain of Command
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General Russell adds that they need to contact Frederick A. Murphy , the director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases (a branch of the C.D.C.),... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 11: Shoot-Out
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...is a glaring Gene Johnson, officials from the Virginia and Fairfax County Departments of Health, Fred Murphy , and the chief of the Special Pathogens Branch of the C.D.C., Dr. Joseph B.... (full context)
Human Error and Fragility Theme Icon
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...that the Army is already in possession of both the monkey corpses and the virus. Fred Murphy urges McCormick to cool down, while General Russell steps in, suggesting that the Army and... (full context)