Flu

Flu

The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus That Caused It

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Baker & Taylor
An acclaimed science reporter for The New York Times describes the great flu epidemic of 1918, an outbreak that killed some forty million people worldwide, and discusses the efforts of scientists and public health officials to understand and prevent another lethal pandemic. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.

Baker
& Taylor

Describes the great flu epidemic of 1918, an outbreak that killed some forty million people worldwide, and discusses the efforts of scientists and public health officials to understand and prevent another lethal pandemic.

Simon and Schuster
A national bestseller, the fast-paced and gripping account of the Great Flu Epidemic of 1918 from acclaimed science journalist Gina Kolata, now featuring a new epilogue about avian flu.

When we think of plagues, we think of AIDS, Ebola, anthrax spores, and, of course, the Black Death. But in 1918 the Great Flu Epidemic killed an estimated forty million people virtually overnight. If such a plague returned today, taking a comparable percentage of the US population with it, 1.5 million Americans would die.

In Flu, 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. From Alaska to Norway, from the streets of Hong Kong to the corridors of the White House, Kolata tracks the race to recover the live pathogen and probes the fear that has impelled government policy.

A gripping work of science writing, Flu addresses the prospects for a great epidemic’s recurrence and considers what can be done to prevent it.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780743203982
0743203984
9780374157067
0374157065
Branch Call Number: 614.518 KOLAT
Characteristics: xi, 330 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Notes: Includes index

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MplsTA
May 15, 2017

An excellent in depth look at the 1918 flu outbreak as well as the Swine flu in the 1970's and other flu outbreaks.

Some frightening stories about flu research. At one time men in prisons were offered time off their sentences in exchange for accepting the flu virus as it was being researched in how it was passed from human to human.

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Leynia
Mar 03, 2013

Kolata starts so many sentences with "And", which I find disruptive, that I closed the book after reading several pages.

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