Pale Rider

Pale Rider

The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World

Book - 2017
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The author traces the pandemic that killed up to 100 million people, from India to Brazil, from Persia to Spain, and from South Africa to Ukraine. She demonstrates that the Spanish flu was a very significant event in creating the modern world.
Publisher: New York : Public Affairs, 2017
Edition: First U.S. Edition
Copyright Date: ℗♭2017
ISBN: 9781610397674
Branch Call Number: 362 SPI 2017
Characteristics: viii, 332 pages : illustrations, maps, photographs ; 24 cm


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May 18, 2018

Spends most of the book detailing where the outbreaks of the so-called Spanish flu occurred.
With the lack of contemporary public health protocols as well as the dominance of germ theory and the lack of scientific work on viruses, treatment of the flu was ill-equipped to manage outbreaks. Epidemiology had to mature to gather reliable data on the flu disease.

We don't know how many people died from influenza. The estimated infection rate of 1 of every 3 people, as well as the high death rates of infection--anywhere from 50-90 %, yield staggering estimates of 20 m who reportedly died, to possibly up to 5 x that number in actuality.

Certainly the threat of another pandemic remains. An important warning of the future.

DBRL_ReginaF Feb 13, 2018

I was so engrossed in this book! The affects of that 1918 flu pandemic were so catastrophic, so lasting, and yet so overshadowed by WWI.

Feb 07, 2018

I believe that this is the first book on the subject that I've seen go beyond northern North America and Western Europe in terms of the pandemic's course and effects. Again well-researched and the writing is accessible and interesting, even if the subject is a bit grisly.

Dec 11, 2017

I wish KCL or SPL would acquire this as ebook or even large print for the vision impaired. Yes, I know it's a audio download, but have you listened to the reader?

Oct 01, 2017

A well done book about the Spanish Flu around the world in 1918. Lots of very good research. If you like history and books about the flu this is a good one. No one knows where it started, could be one of three places. You can read about all three and get a better understanding about the flu and how fast it went around the world.


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