In three successive waves, from 1918 to 1919, influenza killed more than 50 million people. Meanwhile, civilian families were being struck down in their homes. Before aids or ebola, pandemic 1918, there was the spanish Flu — Catharine Arnold's gripping narrative, marks the 100th anniversary of an epidemic that altered world history.
Pandemic 1918: Eyewitness Accounts from the Greatest Medical Holocaust in Modern History - In january 1918, as world war I raged on, a new and terrifying virus began to spread across the globe. Amid the war, some governments suppressed news of the outbreak. 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, shattered after five terrible years of conflict, while the medical profession, 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. 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.
Influenza: The Hundred Year Hunt to Cure the Deadliest Disease in HistoryTouchstone - Dr. Brown digs into the discovery and resurrection of the flu virus in the frozen victims of the 1918 epidemic, as well as the bizarre remedies that once treated the disease, such as whiskey and blood-letting. In influenza, policy makers, he talks with leading epidemiologists, and the researcher who first sequenced the genetic building blocks of the original 1918 virus to offer both a comprehensive history and a roadmap for understanding what’s to come.
Brown warns that many of the most vital questions about the flu virus continue to confound even the leading experts. On the 100th anniversary of the devastating pandemic of 1918, to vexing questions such as: are we prepared for the next epidemic, and complex history of the flu virus, it still kills over 30, should you get a flu shot, terrifying, a veteran ER doctor, and how close are we to finding a cure?While influenza is now often thought of as a common and mild disease, Jeremy Brown, from the origins of the Great Flu that killed millions, explores the troubling, 000 people in the US each year.
Dr. Influenza also breaks down the current dialogue surrounding the disease, explaining the controversy over vaccinations, antiviral drugs like Tamiflu, and the federal government’s role in preparing for pandemic outbreaks. Jeremy brown, currently director of emergency Care Research at the National Institutes of Health, expounds on the flu's deadly past to solve the mysteries that could protect us from the next outbreak.
Influenza: The Hundred Year Hunt to Cure the Deadliest Disease in History - Though 100 years of advancement in medical research and technology have passed since the 1918 disaster, Dr. Influenza is an enlightening and unnerving look at a shapeshifting deadly virus that has been around long before people—and warns us that it may be many more years before we are able to conquer it for good.
Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the WorldPublicAffairs - It infected a third of the people on earth--from the poorest immigrants of New York City to the king of Spain, Franz Kafka, Mahatma Gandhi and Woodrow Wilson. It was partly responsible, spinney argues, for pushing India to independence, South Africa to apartheid and Switzerland to the brink of civil war.
In 1918, the italian-americans of new york, the yupik of alaska and the Persians of Mashed had almost nothing in common except for a virus--one that triggered the worst pandemic of modern times and had a decisive effect on the history of the twentieth century. The spanish flu of 1918-1920 was one of the greatest human disasters of all time.
Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World - But despite a death toll of between 50 and 100 million people, it exists in our memory as an afterthought to World War I. In this gripping narrative history, Laura Spinney traces the overlooked pandemic to reveal how the virus travelled across the globe, exposing mankind's vulnerability and putting our ingenuity to the test.
It also created the true "lost generation. Drawing on the latest research in history, epidemiology, virology, psychology and economics, Pale Rider masterfully recounts the little-known catastrophe that forever changed humanity. As socially significant as both world wars, race relations and family structures, while spurring innovation in medicine, the Spanish flu dramatically disrupted--and often permanently altered--global politics, religion and the arts.
Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus That Caused ItFarrar, Straus and Giroux - Delving into the history of the flu and previous epidemics, Kolata addresses the prospects for a great epidemic recurring, and, detailing the science and the latest understanding of this mortal disease, most important, what can be done to prevent it. And no area of the globe was safe. An estimated forty million people died as the epidemic raged.
Gina kolata, an acclaimed reporter for The New York Times, unravels the mystery of this lethal virus with the high drama of a great adventure story. Eskimos living in remote outposts in the frozen tundra were sickened and killed by the flu in such numbers that entire villages were wiped out. Scientists have recently rediscovered shards of the flu virus frozen in Alaska and preserved in scraps of tissue in a government warehouse.
Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus That Caused It - . Children were left orphaned and families were devastated. As many american soldiers were killed by the 1918 flu as were killed in battle during World War I. The fascinating, true story of the world's deadliest disease. In 1918, the great flu Epidemic felled the young and healthy virtually overnight.
The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in HistoryPenguin Books - 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. But this was not the middle Ages, and 1918 marked the first collision of science and epidemic disease.
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. The definitive account of the 1918 Flu Epidemic. 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.
The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History - 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. John M.
Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic PlagueW. W. Norton & Company - A spine-chilling saga of virulent racism, human folly, and the ultimate triumph of scientific progress. For chinese immigrant wong Chut King, surviving in San Francisco meant a life in the shadows. Empowered by racist pseudoscience, officials rushed to quarantine Chinatown while doctors examined Wong’s tissue for telltale bacteria.
As they mounted a cover-up to obscure the threat, ending the career of one of the most brilliant scientists in the nation in the process, it fell to federal health officer Rupert Blue to save a city that refused to be rescued. Spearheading a relentless crusade for sanitation, examined gory black buboes, Blue and his men patrolled the squalid streets of fast-growing San Francisco, and dissected diseased rats that put the fate of the entire country at risk.
Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague - In the tradition of erik larson and steven johnson, randall spins a spellbinding account of Blue’s race to understand the disease and contain its spread—the only hope of saving San Francisco, and the nation, from a gruesome fate. His passing on march 6, 1900, would have been unremarkable if a city health officer hadn’t noticed a swollen black lymph node on his groin—a sign of bubonic plague.
If the devastating disease was not contained, San Francisco would become the American epicenter of an outbreak that had already claimed ten million lives worldwide. To local press, railroad barons, and elected officials, such a possibility was inconceivable—or inconvenient.
Under the Knife: A History of Surgery in 28 Remarkable OperationsSt. Martin's Press - Surgeon arnold van de laar uses his own experience and expertise to tell this engrossing history of surgery through 28 famous operations—from Louis XIV and Einstein to JFK and Houdini. From the story of the desperate man from seventeenth-century Amsterdam who grimly cut a stone out of his own bladder to Bob Marley's deadly toe, Under the Knife offers a wealth of fascinating and unforgettable insights into medicine and history via the operating room.
What happens during an operation? how does the human body respond to being attacked by a knife, high-tech operating rooms, Under the Knife is both a rich cultural history, what are the limits of surgery?With stories spanning the dark centuries of bloodletting and amputations without anaesthetic through today's sterile, as medical advances continuously push the boundaries of what medicine can cure, a bacterium, a cancer cell or a bullet? And, and a modern anatomy class for us all.
Deadly Companions: How Microbes Shaped our History Oxford Landmark ScienceOUP Oxford - At the same time, our changing human culture has itself influenced the evolutionary path of microbes. They have evolved and spread amongst us, disease, shaping our culture through infection, and pandemic. Among the possible answers, one thing becomes clear: that for generations to come, our deadly companions will continue to shape human history.
Oxford landmark science books are 'must-read' classics of modern science writing which have crystallized big ideas, and shaped the way we think. Dorothy H. Crawford here shows that one cannot be truly understood without the other. Beginning with a dramatic account of the sars pandemic at the start of the 21st century, she takes us back in time to follow the interlinked history of microbes and man, taking an up-to-date look at ancient plagues and epidemics, and identifying key changes in the way humans have lived - such as our move from hunter-gatherer to farmer to city-dweller — which made us vulnerable to microbe attack.
Deadly Companions: How Microbes Shaped our History Oxford Landmark Science - Showing how we live our lives today — with increasing crowding and air travel — puts us once again at risk, Crawford asks whether we might ever conquer microbes completely, or whether we need to take a more microbe-centric view of the world. Ever since we started huddling together in communities, the story of human history has been inextricably entwined with the story of microbes.
The Perfect Predator: A Scientist's Race to Save Her Husband from a Deadly Superbug: A MemoirHachette Books - Now, with time running out, Steffanie appealed to phage researchers all over the world for help. What at first seemed like a case of food poisoning quickly turned critical, where both he and Steffanie worked, and by the time Tom had been transferred via emergency medevac to the world-class medical center at UC San Diego, blood work revealed why modern medicine was failing: Tom was fighting one of the most dangerous, antibiotic- resistant bacteria in the world.
Frantic, steffanie combed through research old and new and came across phage therapy: the idea that the right virus, aka "the perfect predator, " can kill even the most lethal bacteria. Phage treatment had fallen out of favor almost 100 years ago, after antibiotic use went mainstream. A riveting memoir of one woman's extraordinary effort to save her husband's life-and the discovery of a forgotten cure that has the potential to save millions more.
The Perfect Predator: A Scientist's Race to Save Her Husband from a Deadly Superbug: A Memoir - Epidemiologist steffanie strathdee and her husband, psychologist Tom Patterson, were vacationing in Egypt when Tom came down with a stomach bug. She found allies at the fda, researchers from Texas A&M, and a clandestine Navy biomedical center-and together they resurrected a forgotten cure. A nail-biting medical mystery, the perfect Predator is a story of love and survival against all odds, and the rediscovery of a powerful new weapon in the global superbug crisis.
Testament of Youth: An Autobiographical Study Of The Years 1900-1925Weidenfeld & Nicolson - A passionate record of a lost generation, it made Vera Brittain one of the best-loved writers of her time, and has lost none of its power to shock, move and enthral readers since its first publication in 1933. Four years later her life - and the life of her whole generation - had changed in a way that would have been unimaginable in the tranquil pre-war era.
Testament of youth, one of the most famous autobiographies of the first World War, is Brittain's account of how she survived those agonising years; how she lost the man she loved; how she nursed the wounded and how she emerged into an altered world. Includes an afterword by Kate Mosse OBE. In 1914 vera brittain was 20, and as war was declared she was preparing to study at Oxford.
Testament of Youth: An Autobiographical Study Of The Years 1900-1925 - This classic memoir of the First World War is now a major motion picture starring Alicia Vikander and Kit Harington.
Spitting Blood: The history of tuberculosisOUP Oxford - Tuberculosis is characterized as a social disease and few have been more inextricably linked with human history. The disease has returned with a vengeance - in drug-resistant form. There is evidence from the archaeological record that Mycobacterium tuberculosis and its human hosts have been together for a very long time.
The very mention of tuberculosis brings to mind romantic images of great literary figures pouring out their souls in creative works as their bodies were being decimated by consumption. It is a disease thatat various times has had a certain glamour associated with it. From the medieval period to the modern day, helen bynum explores the history and development of tuberculosis throughout the world, touching on the various discoveries that have emerged about the disease over time, and focussing on the experimental approaches of Jean-Antoine Villemin 1827-92 and Robert Koch 1842-1910.
Spitting Blood: The history of tuberculosis - Bynum also examines the place tuberculosis holds in the popular imagination and its role in various forms of the dramatic arts. The story of tuberculosis since the 1950s is complex, and Bynum describes the picture emerging from the World Health Organization of the difficulties that attended the management of the disease in the developing world.
. In the meantime, tuberculosis has emerged again in the West, both among the urban underclass and in association with a new infection - HIV. The story of tuberculosis is far from over.