A scientific history of the Great Flu Epidemic of 1918, which killed at least 40 million people. The author details the science and latest understanding of flu, examines the chances of a great epidemic recurring and explores what can be done to prevent it.
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Feeling tired, achy, and congested? You'll hope not after reading science writer Gina Kolata's engrossing Flu, a fascinating look at the 1918 epidemic that wiped out around 40 million people in less than a year and afflicted more than one of every four Americans. This tragedy, just on the heels of World War I and far more deadly, so traumatized the survivors that few would talk about it afterward. Kolata reports on the scientific investigation of this bizarre outbreak, in particular the attempts to sequence the virus' DNA from tissue samples of victims. She also looks at the social and personal effects of the disease, from improved public health awareness to the loss of productivity. (The disease affected 20- to 40-year-olds disproportionately.)
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 LightnerAbout the Author:
Gina Kolata is a science reporter for The New York Times and the author of Clone: The Road to Dolly and Sex in America. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
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Book Description Pan Books, 2001. Book Condition: Good. New edition. N/A. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP80267865
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Book Description Condition: Good. Binding: Paperback. Publisher: Pan (2001). Bookseller Inventory # NF-LB-2760244
Book Description Pan, London England, 2001. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Good. 1st Pan Book Edition. Paperback. Slight shelf wear to edge of cover. In 1918 an estimated forty million people died as a virus swept the world alomst overnight. Even the young and healthy were affected, leaving children orphaned and families devastated. But perhaps the most frightening thing of all was that the killer was a strain of virus that comes around every year and that most people take for granted - flu. The 1918 flu4e is one of history's greatest conundrums and until recently no one knew precisely why it proved so fatal. The author recreates the story of this gruesome epidemic with the drama of a great adventure. Delving into the history of the flu and detailing the science and the latest understanding of the disease, Kolata addresses the prospects for another outbreak and, most importantly, what can be done to prevent it. Illustrated. 330 pp. (We carry a wide selection of titles in The Arts, Theology, History, Politics, Social and Physical Sciences. academic and scholarly books and Modern First Editions ,and all types of Academic Literature.) Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 090470
Book Description 2001. (London), Pan, (2001). Reprint. Wrappers, illust., pp. xii, 330. Spine creased, paper browned else v.g. ISBN 0 330 48423 0. Bookseller Inventory # 101200