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Very, very, very dreadful : the influenza pandemic of 1918 / Albert Marrin.

Marrin, Albert, (author.).

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Summary:

In spring of 1918, World War I was underway, and troops at Fort Riley, Kansas, found themselves felled by influenza. By the summer of 1918, the second wave struck as a highly contagious and lethal epidemic and within weeks exploded into a pandemic, an illness that travels rapidly from one continent to another. It would impact the course of the war, and kill many millions more soldiers than warfare itself. Of all diseases, the 1918 flu was by far the worst that has ever afflicted humankind; not even the Black Death of the Middle Ages comes close in terms of the number of lives it took. No war, no natural disaster, no famine has claimed so many. In the space of eighteen months in 1918-1919, about 500 million people--one-third of the global population at the time--came down with influenza. The exact total of lives lost will never be known, but the best estimate is between 50 and 100 million. Albert Marrin examines the history, science, and impact of this great scourge and the possibility for another worldwide pandemic today. --Provided by Publisher.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Baker County Library 614.51809041 .M359v 2018 (Text) 37814003250082 YOUNG ADULT - NEW Book System_Only_3months 03/16/2020 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781101931462
  • ISBN: 1101931469
  • ISBN: 9781101931479
  • ISBN: 1101931477
  • Physical Description: 198 pages : illustrations, maps, charts ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2018]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 167-190) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue: The great-granddaddy of them all -- The pitiless war -- Diseases of war -- Puny man: drowning in the second wave -- A fear and panic : influenza and American society -- To the bitter end -- A detective story.
Summary, etc.:
In spring of 1918, World War I was underway, and troops at Fort Riley, Kansas, found themselves felled by influenza. By the summer of 1918, the second wave struck as a highly contagious and lethal epidemic and within weeks exploded into a pandemic, an illness that travels rapidly from one continent to another. It would impact the course of the war, and kill many millions more soldiers than warfare itself. Of all diseases, the 1918 flu was by far the worst that has ever afflicted humankind; not even the Black Death of the Middle Ages comes close in terms of the number of lives it took. No war, no natural disaster, no famine has claimed so many. In the space of eighteen months in 1918-1919, about 500 million people--one-third of the global population at the time--came down with influenza. The exact total of lives lost will never be known, but the best estimate is between 50 and 100 million. Albert Marrin examines the history, science, and impact of this great scourge and the possibility for another worldwide pandemic today. --Provided by Publisher.
Subject: Influenza Epidemic, 1918-1919 > Juvenile literature.
Influenza > History > Juvenile literature.
Epidemics > Juvenile literature.
Diseases > Juvenile literature.
Genre: Young adult literature.
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