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“The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History” is an excellent overview of this largely forgotten pandemic provided from the view of the development of modern-day medicine, the impact of the disease and the human contribution to its spread. John M. Barry is the author of this impressive book. John is a prize-winning, ‘New York Times’ best-selling author whose books have won more than twenty awards. Excellent book, filled with details. John Barry’s research is impressive as he relates events and individuals in the most minute detail. In “The Great Influenza,” Barry provides a fascinating, thorough, informative and accessible window into the great flu pandemic of 1918 that ravaged the United States and much of the western world. Barry deftly sets the background leading up to the outbreak. This includes the major figures and state of medicine during that pioneering era nearly 100 years ago. Barry notes how, while a handful of physicians and scientists in the world, particularly in western Europe, knew of the germ and cellular theories, by enlarge, most of the medical community in the world still operated on a largely antiquated, inaccurate understanding of medicine and disease. He notes how, up until the late 19th century, almost anyone could get a medical degree and practice medicine, and only a handful of medical schools, like Harvard, and Johns Hopkins had a rigorously clinical model of medicine. Barry traces the confluence of the developing understanding of the disease and cellular theory in that day with the outbreak and rapid spread of the virulent influenza of 1918. Thousands of young adults were grouped together in very close quarters while training and preparing to deploy to World War I.
This environment proved to be conducive to the rapid spread of a deadly strain of influenza that spread through military barracks, out to the surrounding community, on to much of the country, and eventually much of the western world in the course of a number of months. As this alarming pattern of severe illness, and in many cases, death of the particularly young and old emerged, several medical leaders of the day, began to take action. This included the U.S. surgeon general and chief surgeon of the Army. Their proactive measures, including initiating quarantines, strict sanitation, and early, basic attempts at vaccination, while unable to prevent an epidemic, saved countless lives. This is also a crucial turning point in American medicine, Barry points out, that led to a national and international movement to raise standards for medical training. An increased emphasis on clinical training and a better understanding of cellular theory, viruses, and epidemiology also resulted. Medical care advanced by leaps and bounds as a result. Still, the stories and chilling photos of hundreds upon hundreds of bodies being stacked in the streets and left in abandoned homes in major American cities at the height of the outbreak give one pause. In his epilogue, Barry also looks ahead to the next global pandemic from a perspective of not ‘if’ but rather ‘when’ it occurs. His predictions about the spread of virulent strains of flu, such as H151, as well as other multi-drug resistant organisms are eerily prescient given the recent news of the increased prevalence of such viruses. Overall Barry’s book “The Great Influenza” is very readable, informative, engaging and an incredible work of historical and clinical scholarship. In closing, “The Great Influenza” is a terrific read on a fascinating, terrible, and reoccurring human experience.
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- Name: The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History
- Author: John M. Barry
- Language: English
- Genre: Viral Diseases, Infectious Diseases, History of Medicine,
- Format: PDF/ePub
- Size: 1.2MB
- Page: 560
- Price: Free
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