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Description:337 pages. Hardcover, no dustjacket. Brand new book. HEALTH....337 pages. Hardcover, no dustjacket. Brand new book. HEALTH. Between August 1918 and March 1919 the Spanish influenza spread worldwide, claiming at least 30 million lives, more people than perished in the fighting of the First Wold War, It proved fatal to at leasst a half-million Americans. Yet, the Spanish flu pandemic is largely forgotten today. In this vivid narrative, Alfred W. Crosby recounts the course of the pandemic during the panic-stricken months of 1918 and 1919, measures its impact on American society, and probes the curious loss of national memory of this cataclysmic event. Includes an Index. (Key Words: Pandemics, Spanish Influenza, 1918, Health, Alfred W. Crosby, Flu Virus, Vaccines, Pneumonia, Red Cross, Public Health Service, David Lloyd George, Edward M. House, Georges Clemenceau, John Dos Passos, American Expeditionary Force, Black Death).
Given the modern history of pandemics, from West Nile Flu, Swine Flu, and even AIDS or the ever present pandemic of Malaria, this book is timely and should be required reading for everyone. It is fascinating that despite our much vaunted ability to diagnose and sometime prevent or treat, nature always has a new treat in store simply because of the dynamics of evolution of pathogens. The book is well written, documented and informs.
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