Written by a doctor of Internal Medicine, "1918" is a rigorously researched and accurate historical novel about the pandemic that killed up to 100 million people. The story is told through the eyes of Dr. Edward Noble, an army major and infectious disease sub-specialist, whose unique position in Boston allows him to detect an emerging influenza strain that is an unprecedented global threat. The actual medical literature and terminology of the time, plus real personal accounts of the pandemic, are used to put the reader in the mind of this early 20th century physician.
KIRKUS REVIEWS said, "... (Dr.) Noble is an appealing, knowledgeable focal point in this fictionalized rendering of the great pandemic. ...Affecting characters and dramatic storytelling..."
BOOKIDEAS.com said, "5 Stars." "I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to anyone... A great story that weaves the reader between a macro view of one of the most deadly pandemics in history, yet within the chapters there are precious, personal moments that humanize the hero that Dr. Noble unwittingly, yet humbly portrays to the rest of the world. A great read on all levels!"
*AWARD WINNER, HISTORICAL FICTION, READERS' FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARD - READERS FAVORITE.com said, "5 Stars." "...1918 is a must read..." The meticulous narrative undeniably has the ability to transport readers back to the era..."
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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite 1918 by David Cornish is a well-researched historical novel about the pandemic that killed up to 100 million people in the midst of the ending of World War I. The story is told through the eyes of Dr. Edward Noble, an army major and infectious disease sub-specialist, who identifies an unprecedented and dangerous influenza strain. We join Dr. Noble in his war against the disease that caused pandemonium in the United States. At the same time, readers will get to know the man himself and his family. David Cornish lives up to his expertise as M.D. with the detailed medical history and explanations in the story. The 1918 pandemic is not a piece of history that I know very well, thus this novel is an excellent way for me to learn more about it. The meticulous narrative undeniably has the ability to transport readers back to that era with its actual medical literature and terminology. It also highlights some particular gaps between the medical system of the 20th and 21st century. As a reader with a lack of medical knowledge, this is an easy read for me. The important element of this novel (and one that should not be understated) is the determination to rise against any odds. Dr. Noble, his associates, and even his family persevere and keep the people around them united. On the whole, 1918 is a must-read, particularly for any medical practitioner, medical student, and epidemiologists, as well as anyone that would like to know more about one of the deadliest pandemics in history.
1918" by Dr. David Cornish is an intriguing story of the perseverance of the human spirit over seemingly insurmountable odds. The time period is 1918, and the country is deep in battle in WWI when a new enemy enters the global stage and swiftly threatens the very existence of the general populace the world over. This story revolves around the fictional Dr. Edward Noble, an Army Major, as he confronts the most deadly (and very real) influenza pandemic in history. How, towards the end of WWI, this virulent strain of influenza wreaked absolute havoc in the U.S. and around the world as millions of people succumb to a horrific death with a force so violent as described on page 277; "Blood can spurt from their nose and mouth with enough power to travel several feet...Their coughing so forceful that it tears apart the muscles and cartilage of their chests...Many have had both their eardrums blown open by the infection, and they scream in agony with the pain of it." "1918" chronicles a very personal account, how a prominent physician and his family might have reacted to this pandemic that was occurring as the nation was focusing primarily on keeping pace with the war efforts. Dr. Noble and associates are bewildered in how to treat and study a disease as it infects and kills mercilessly; army draftees, hospital staff, neighbors, family...few people are spared, and the infected die an agonizing death, yet Dr. Noble persists in his efforts to warn the nation despite direct orders to the contrary. He does not give up in trying to understand the demon and how and why it kills. A book rich in medical terminology, "1918" engages the reader to experience the pandemic through the eyes of someone on the front line of this war, a doctor of Internal Medicine who specializes in Infectious Disease Control. For anyone with an interest in medicine, there is an undeniable appreciation for the medical advances that have occurred in the past 100 years. Advances ranging from diagnosing patients in WWI era when knowledge of virology and bacteriology, to the most recent accomplishment of having sequenced all eight 1918 influenza genes in 2005, and how research continues to this day at the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta. However, this is more than a fictional account of a very real significant event in history. It is an account of how one man defies the odds, orders, and took on a responsibility that was much greater than himself, garnering the respect, devotion, and admiration of countless many during this dark time in history. How family, friends, and colleagues support Dr. Noble through his campaign against this deadly pandemic and come to his side when he faces an unjust court martial and seemingly endless deaths, particularly when the demon claims two of his own children. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in a medical-based storyline fueled by the power of sacrifice, dedication, and sense of honor that comes from doing the right thing, despite odds and direct orders. "1918" is a great story that weaves the reader between a macro view of one of the most deadly pandemics in history, yet within the chapters there are precious, personal moments that humanize the hero that Dr. Noble unwittingly, yet humbly portrays to the rest of the world. A great read on all levels!