Pandemic 1918 : eyewitness accounts from the greatest medical holocaust in modern history
by
 
Arnold, Catharine, author.

Title
Pandemic 1918 : eyewitness accounts from the greatest medical holocaust in modern history

Author
Arnold, Catharine, author.

ISBN
9781250139436

Physical Description
357 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm

Contents
Introduction: An ill wind -- A victim and a survivor -- "Knock me down" fever -- The killer without a name -- The invisible enemy -- One deadly summer -- Know thy enemy -- The fangs of death -- Like fighting with a ghost -- Eye of the storm -- A winding sheet and a wooden box -- The Spanish Lady goes to Washington -- "You can't do anything for flu" -- "Native daughter dies" -- The fatal voyage -- Ship of death -- "Like a thief in the night" -- The dying fall -- Armistice Day -- Black November -- Aftermath -- "Viral archaeology" -- The Hong Kong connection -- Secrets of the grave.

Abstract
"Before HIV or Ebola, there was the Spanish flu--this narrative history marks the one hundredth anniversary of an epidemic that altered world history. In January 1918, as World War I raged on, a new and terrifying virus began to spread across the globe. In three successive waves, from 1918 to 1919, influenza killed more than 50 million people. German soldiers termed it Blitzkatarrh, British soldiers referred to it as Flanders Grippe, but world-wide, the pandemic gained the notorious title of "Spanish Flu". Nowhere on earth escaped: the United States recorded 550,000 deaths (five times its total military fatalities in the war) while European deaths totaled over two million. Amid the war, some governments suppressed news of the outbreak. Even as entire battalions were decimated, with both the Allies and the Germans suffering massive casualties, the details of many servicemen's deaths were hidden to protect public morale. Meanwhile, civilian families were being struck down in their homes. The City of Philadelphia ran out of gravediggers and coffins, and mass burial trenches had to be excavated with steam shovels. Spanish flu conjured up the specter of the Black Death of 1348 and the great plague of 1665, while the medical profession, shattered after five terrible years of conflict, lacked the resources to contain and defeat this new enemy. Through primary and archival sources, historian Catharine Arnold gives readers the first truly global account of the terrible epidemic."--Dust jacket flap.

Conference Subject
Influenza Epidemic (1918-1919) (OCoLC)fst01754995

Subject Term
Influenza Epidemic, 1918-1919.
 
Influenza -- Epidemiology -- History -- 20th century.
 
Influenza -- History -- 20th century.
 
Epidemics -- History -- 20th century.

Genre
"First published in Great Britain by Michael O'Mara Books Limited."--Title page verso.

Format
Book

Production, Publication, Distribution, Manufacture, and Copyright Notice
©2018

General Note
"First published in Great Britain by Michael O'Mara Books Limited."--Title page verso.


Material TypeShelf NumberBarcodeLibraryStatus
BookHEALTH GENERAL 614.518 ARNO32530608950430Main JCPLAdult Nonfiction Area