America's Forgotten Pandemic: The Influenza of 1918 / Edition 2

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Overview

Between August 1918 and March 1919 the Spanish influenza spread worldwide, claiming at least 30 million lives, more people than perished in the fighting of the First World War. It proved fatal to at least a half-million Americans. Yet, the Spanish flu pandemic is largely forgotten today. In this vivid narrative, Alfred W. Crosby recounts the course of the pandemic during the panic-stricken months of 1918 and 1919, measures its impact on American society, and probes the curious loss of national memory of this cataclysmic event.

In this new edition, with a new preface discussing the recent outbreaks of diseases, including the Asian flu and SARS, America's Forgotten Pandemic remains both prescient and relevant.

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Editorial Reviews

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Crosby (U. of Texas) recounts the course of the pandemic during the panic-stricken months of 1918 and 1919, measures its impact on American society, and (of greatest interest) probes the loss of national memory of the event. Originally published in 1976, this edition contains a new preface. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"Crosby will retain his reputation as a senior statesman of the 1918 influenza epidemic, as one of the first to study it comprehensively..." Linda Bryder, The International History Review

"[This] is a definitive account of the 1918 influenza epidemic in the United States. Alfred Crosby has systematically covered the effect of influenza upon the armed forces, major cities, and American territories. Over and above this he has depicted the spread and impact of the disease over a good part of the world." Journal of the History of Medicine

"[This] is a fine, galloping account of the influenza pandemic that killed some 25 million people in less than a year. In some ways it was a page out of the Middle Ages bound in the twentieth century. No plague ever killed so many people in so short a time." Natural History

"[This] is a fine, galloping account of the influenza pandemic that killed some 25 million people in less than a year. In some ways it was a page out of the Middle Ages bound in the twentieth century. No plague ever killed so many people in so short a time." Natural History

"Thoroughly researched and rich in detail, Crosby's book carefully narrates the rise and fall of the global pandemic, especially as it affected the United States." Medical History

"Thoroughly researched and rich in detail, Crosby's book carefully narrates the rise and fall of the global pandemic, especially as it affected the United States." Medical History

"...fascinating..." New York Sun

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521541756
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/21/2003
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 356
  • Sales rank: 514,260
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Graphs and Tables
Preface to the New Edition
Pt. I An Abrupt Introduction to Spanish Influenza
1 The Great Shadow 3
Pt. II Spanish Influenza: The First Wave - Spring and Summer, 1918
2 The Advance of the Influenza Virus 17
3 Three Explosions - Africa, Europe, America 37
Pt. III The Second and Third Waves
4 The United States Begins to Take Note 45
5 Spanish Influenza Sweeps the Country 56
6 Flu in Philadelphia 70
7 Flu in San Francisco 91
8 Flu at Sea on the Voyage to France 121
9 Flu and the American Expeditionary Force 145
10 Flu and the Paris Peace Conference 171
Pt. IV Measurements, Research, Conclusions and Confusions
11 Statistics, Definitions, and Speculation 202
12 Samoa and Alaska 227
13 Research, Frustration, and the Isolation of the Virus 264
14 Where did the Flu of 1918 Go? 295
Pt. V Afterword
15 An Inquiry into the Peculiarities of Human Memory 311
Index 329
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2009

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    Accurate account

    Accurate in its account of the first pandemic that impacted many lives. The writing is fairly academic in style which may not appeal to a broad audience. A good read for those interested in public health affairs and health issues.

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