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Pandemic 1918

Pandemic 1918

Eyewitness Accounts From the Greatest Medical Holocaust in Modern History

Book - 2018
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"Before HIV or Ebola, there was the Spanish flu--this narrative history marks the one hundredth anniversary of an epidemic that altered world history. In January 1918, as World War I raged on, a new and terrifying virus began to spread across the globe. In three successive waves, from 1918 to 1919, influenza killed more than 50 million people. German soldiers termed it Blitzkatarrh, British soldiers referred to it as Flanders Grippe, but world-wide, the pandemic gained the notorious title of "Spanish Flu". Nowhere on earth escaped: the United States recorded 550,000 deaths (five times its total military fatalities in the war) while European deaths totaled over two million. Amid the war, some governments suppressed news of the outbreak. Even as entire battalions were decimated, with both the Allies and the Germans suffering massive casualties, the details of many servicemen's deaths were hidden to protect public morale. Meanwhile, civilian families were being struck down in their homes. The City of Philadelphia ran out of gravediggers and coffins, and mass burial trenches had to be excavated with steam shovels. Spanish flu conjured up the specter of the Black Death of 1348 and the great plague of 1665, while the medical profession, shattered after five terrible years of conflict, lacked the resources to contain and defeat this new enemy. Through primary and archival sources, historian Catharine Arnold gives readers the first truly global account of the terrible epidemic."--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. :, St. Martin's Press,, 2018
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250139436
Branch Call Number: 614.518 A752p 2018
Characteristics: 357 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm


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Nov 07, 2020

It is beyond my imagination how you can tell stories about real people's lives and make them deadly boring. Then, add to that make the book about the deadliest flu epidemic recorded in history until that time quoting suspect "facts" and mis-tracing the origins while throwing in some racist crap and some anti-Chinese bias and still get a publisher. Did I mention deadly boring? Least engagng history book I've ever read.

Jun 29, 2020

Major portion of the book was boring. The author kept jumping back and forth from 1913 to 1919 detailing every outbreak in all parts of the world. She tended to be interested in numbers, which she confessed might not be accurate. She shared few symptoms and the outcomes. It was easy to see how the world felled to the Spanish Lady. The times were just right with war being the major scare of the times, until you were visited with the flu. There were snippets of interest along the way and finally at the end the book drew my interest as to the type of influenza and possibility of where it came from through a mutation. I read this during the Corona epidemic and could see similarities of caution for becoming a victim. It could also cause fear of when will the next one history repeats itself...there will a next time (Corona as example). Might be a better read for medical students to build awareness of how common symptoms could become disaster.

Oct 16, 2018

I am going to have to check this one out and re read it.


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