Gina Kolata. · Rating details · 5, ratings · reviews. In the Great Flu Epidemic killed an estimated 40 million people virtually overnight. If such a. Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of and the Search for the Virus That Caused It By Gina Kolata. New York: Farrar, Straus. It is sometimes called the “Spanish” flu, probably because neutral Spain did not censor The epidemic per se is not the main subject of Gina Kolata’s interesting .

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Jan 20, Fishface rated it it was ok Shelves: It was outstanding the second time through, so I finished it again.

Flu: The Story Of The Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It

I love a good disease book. The story of the influenza pandemic is told in two ways: Also conspicuously absent is clear advice about how to minimize the risks of influenza.

I really vina this book. 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. Along the way, readers also get a picture of the research world: This also puts emphasis on how Gina Kolata wants us to see the massive impact that this virus had on people.

Unlike the other books that were visibly used and dog eared, this book seemed almost untouched. I picked this book up because after reading In the Shadow of Blackbirds and watching a Downton Abbey episode about the flu epidemic I was interested in the history of the pandemic and ggina life was like during the time period.


Nov 17, Elizabeth rated it it was ok.

In fact, Barry attributes Woodrow Wilson’s treatment of the League of Nations to a personalty change brought on by the Flu. Before HIV appeared on the scene which would shift all infectious disease researchers in that direction there were teams of scientists searching for samples of the flu.


This book was just excellent and that’s all that needs to be said. While inferring that dangerous gin flu strains emerge from Southeast Asia, she makes no effort to address the distinct possibility of stopping the cycle by regulating China’s poultry industry.

The book explores the spread of the virus and the search for it remnants in tissue samples to discover why it was so A fascinating book about the “spanish” flu pandemic that swept the globe, killing an estimated 20 million to more than million people worldwide.

Duncan was appointed Minister of Science in Justin Trudeau’s government in Canada, so one could say she had the last laugh. For me this book had a really rough start.

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Chances are that person will not be there four years from now. Jul 14, Justin rated it really liked it Shelves: Will it ever come? I recommend this book to those who enjoy medical history and reading about diseases. I honestly didn’t finish this book. They wrote on October 14th and article That spoke of a seventy-five-year-old woman who winced at the sting of the hypodermic, then had taken a few feeble steps and dropped dead.


Normally just one-tenth of 1 percent of people who get the flu die. I did not read the chapter or two on the flu, with its political ramifications. An estimated f In the Great Flu Epidemic killed an estimated 40 million people virtually overnight.

She also has a bit of hero worship for Jeffery Taubenberger- which centered this book around the virology pathway twists and turns and ended up concentrating on the blow by blow nastiness of getting your scientific paper published first. And no area of the globe was safe. I gained an understanding of why some in the medical community were so worried about avian flu.

With these gruesome details, readers get a glimpse into the suffering and pain that those affected by the influenza virus had to undergo. The thought was that bodies buried in the permafrost, even decades ago, would deteriorate very, very slowly allowing for the possibility that soft tissue from the lungs of those corpses would still exist, samples of which could be taken and tested, using new technologies that, hopefully, would reveal the virus that caused the flu.

Crosby remarks that whatever the exact number felled by the flu, one thing is indisputable: The author begins her book by mentioning several funny things.