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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.
An interesting and well written story of the 1918 flu pandemic, and subsequent attempts to establish the strains that caused it. Read morePublished 21 days ago by City Resident
This book was a gift for my husband whose grandfather, an epidemiologist, worked on the flu project during WWI. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Marilyn D. Burks
Good information. Needed book for paper for a graduate class.Published 5 months ago by Vicki Michalski
This true story is better than any fiction I've read. If you like science and adventure, I recommend this book!Published 6 months ago by Rebecca Mullins
Pretty thorough stroy of the epidemic, but could have had more.Published 6 months ago by Diana K. Debnar
If you are interested in how scientists research disease, then you'll enjoy this one more than I did.Published 8 months ago by ZombieMama
Was required for school. Not my type of an interesting read.Published 10 months ago by Jazmine Y. Guilmette