The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History

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Penguin, Oct 4, 2005 - History - 560 pages
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The definitive account of the 1918 Flu Epidemic. "Monumental"-Chicago Tribune.

At the height of WWI, history’s most lethal influenza virus erupted in an army camp in Kansas, moved east with American troops, then exploded, killing as many as 100 million people worldwide. It killed more people in twenty-four months than AIDS killed in twenty-four years, more in a year than the Black Death killed in a century. But this was not the Middle Ages, and 1918 marked the first collision of science and epidemic disease. Magisterial in its breadth of perspective and depth of research and now revised to reflect the growing danger of the avian flu, The Great Influenza is ultimately a tale of triumph amid tragedy, which provides us with a precise and sobering model as we confront the epidemics looming on our own horizon. John M. Barry has written a new afterword for this edition that brings us up to speed on the terrible threat of the avian flu and suggest ways in which we might head off another flu pandemic.
 

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Excellent medicine stuck in old ways — watching soul of America practical place / stuck in old way no research no labs no microscopes — no medical schools Hopkins changed that — made Amer Med ... Read full review

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'The Great Influenza' is definitely a book that has some surprises for the reader. Certainly the book provides a detailed history of the world's worst pandemic. It clearly describes the spread of the ... Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUE
CHAPTER
CHAPTER
CHAPTER THREE
CHAPTER FOUR
CHAPTER FIVE
CHAPTER
CHAPTER SEVEN
CHAPTER TWENTYONE
CHAPTER TWENTYTWO
CHAPTER TWENTYTHREE
CHAPTER TWENTYFOUR
CHAPTER TWENTYFIVE
CHAPTER TWENTYSIX
CHAPTER TWENTYSEVEN
CHAPTER TWENTYEIGHT

CHAPTER EIGHT
CHAPTER NINE
CHAPTER
CHAPTER ELEVEN
CHAPTER TWELVE
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
CHAPTER NINETEEN
CHAPTER TWENTY
CHAPTER TWENTYNINE
CHAPTER THIRTY
CHAPTER THIRTYONE
CHAPTER THIRTYTWO
CHAPTER THIRTYFOUR
CHAPTER THIRTYFIVE
CHAPTER THIRTYSIX
AFTERWORD
Acknowledgments
Bibliography
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John M. Barry is the author of four previous books: Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed Amer­ica; Power Plays: Politics, Football, and Other Blood Sports; The Transformed Cell: Unlocking the Mysteries of Cancer (cowritten with Steven Rosenberg); and The Ambition and the Power: A True Story of Washington. He lives in New Orleans and Wash­ington, D.C.

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