Stacking the coffins: Influenza, war and revolution in Ireland, 1918–19
The 1918-19 influenza pandemic disrupted Irish society and politics. Stilling cities and towns as it passed through, it closed schools, courts and libraries, quelled trade, crammed hospitals, and stretched medical doctors to their limit as they treated hundreds of patients each day. It became part of a major row between nationalists and the Government over interned anti-conscription campaigners. When one campaigner died days before the 1918 general election, Sinn Fein swiftly incorporated his death into their campaign. Survivors interviewed by the author tell what it was like to suffer from this influenza; families of the bereaved speak of the change to their lives. Stacking the coffins is the first Irish history of the disease to include statistics to analyse which groups were most affected. It also draws on the memories of child sufferers telling their stories.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
Stacking the Coffins: Influenza, War and Revolution in Ireland, 1918-19
No preview available - 2018
annual report Association authorities Belfast Board bodies British called caused cent Chapter closed College considered crisis death rate December developed died disease district doctors Dublin effect England Figure four Government Guardians History hospital increased infection influenza epidemic influenza pandemic interviews Ireland Irish Independent issue Journal June Kildare Kilkenny living London March medical officers Medicine meeting memory mortality nationalist newspapers noted November nursing Observer October officers outbreak patients period pneumonia political Poor Poor Law population Press prevent prisoners public health records response schools seemed severe sick Sinn Féin social Society soldiers Spanish influenza spread staff statistics story Street suffering suggested thousand town treatment Union University vaccine victims wave week young