Influenza 1918: The Worst Epidemic in American History

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TV Books, 1999 - Health & Fitness - 238 pages
Influenza 1918 is the true story of the worst epidemic the United States has ever known -- a deadly virus that made its silent appearance 80 years ago at the start of World War I and went on to take the lives of over 600,000 Americans. In one month alone, October 1918, over 195,000 Americans were stricken with the disease and died. In Philadelphia, the city could not cope -- the dead were left in gutters and stacked in caskets on front porches. People hid indoors, afraid to interact with their friends and neighbors. "If the epidemic continues its mathematical rate of acceleration", warned the Surgeon General, "civilization could easily disappear from the face of the earth within a few weeks".

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This book was interesting in spite of itself. Very few people know the scope of the havoc the flu of 1918-1919. In America alone it killed more Americans than were killed in combat in World War I, II ... Read full review


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