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How could this disease, now almost trivial to healthy young people, have become so virulent? The answer is complex, invoking epidemiology, immunology, and even psychology, but Kolata cuts a swath through medical papers and statistical reports to tell a story of an out-of-control virus exploiting an exhausted world on the brink of transition into modern society. Through letters, interviews, and news reports, she pieces together a cautionary tale that captures the horror of a devastating illness. Research marches onward, but we're still at the mercy of something as simple as the flu. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is all done in a really interesting way and read like a detective story, which is what it was in fact.
Gina Kolata's Flu is subtitled the Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus That Caused It.
I like details as much as anyone but this book is just too long and meandering, and thus often a bit boring.
Well written account of the science, epidemiology and politics of of influenza and particularly the unraveling of the 1918 flu pandemic. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stephen feinstone
My great uncle, 18 years old, died in the 1918 pandemic, so talking about that tragedy and its effect on his parents and sisters has been a part of our family lore. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Barbilani
Fantastic story and an incredible SHAME they don't teach this era in schools.
Well written and factual.
My grandparents came from poland and then died in the flu pandemic in 1918. Its quite a story about the whole world losing millions of people to this virus that they still don't... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jody
I first read this book several years ago when first published. I knew very little about the influenza pandemic of 1918 at the time, and this book lead to reading several others to... Read morePublished 4 months ago by PeachPecan
Fascinating story and something we don't necessarily stop to consider.Published 4 months ago by Barbara
I found this a very interesting read. My grandmother died in 1918 during this flu epidemic. My mother was five years old
at the time and was left with five siblings from the... Read more
I am old so much of this is not news to me, but it should be read by anyone under 50.Published 5 months ago by Susan Swayne