Gina Kolata. · Rating details · 5, ratings · reviews. In the Great Flu Epidemic killed an estimated 40 million people virtually overnight. If such a. Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of and the Search for the Virus That Caused It By Gina Kolata. New York: Farrar, Straus. It is sometimes called the “Spanish” flu, probably because neutral Spain did not censor The epidemic per se is not the main subject of Gina Kolata’s interesting .

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Kolata graduated from the University of Maryland and studied molecular biology at the graduate level at MIT for a year and a half.

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In it’s two phases lighter spring outbreak, followed by the massively deadly fall outbreak it managed to decrease the world population significantly and took out more lives than WW1 The book was published inbut it reads like it was written just a few weeks ago. In the course of reading the book I learned about a national repository of tissues samples which was put into place by Abraham Lincoln the thing is beyond huge and a treasure trove of informationa massive and ultimately failed attempt to vaccinate the American public against a swine flu in the s which may well be a partial explanation for why some people so mistrust vaccinesand the route another deadly flu is likely to take.

One sentence was devoted to the flu, and it said that the epidemic killed 21 million people. It was outstanding the second time through, so I finished it again.

Flu: The Story Of The Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It

The major faults in this book are defects of omission. The information was very repetitive and I found that there also was a lot of unnecessary information. I also found myself skimming over these parts most of the time. I kolsta lik I love a good disease book.

She starts out by listing all the places the flu virus would be found in the course of the book, then goes on to explain in the individual chapters that no researcher has managed to find it anywhere. Before HIV appeared on the scene which would shift all infectious disease researchers in that direction there were teams of scientists searching for samples of the flu. The avian influenza outbreak in in Hong Kong iolata us that we are continually at risk for another pandemic, although in that instance the expert response of public health officials extinguished a potentially lethal situation.


An estimated f In the Tlu Flu Epidemic killed an estimated 40 million people virtually overnight. Nov 17, Charles rated it it was ok. I highly recommend this book for any history buff, or even anyone interested gaining in depth perspective on what’s happening with the H1N1 virus outbreak happening right now. Throughout, she provides a number of hair-raising descriptions of the disease, which eventually afflicted more than 25 percent of the U.

It started off very interesting but then just got too bogged down. I recommend it to anyone who has an interest in medical history and likes Germ Theory. It brings to mind the way I was taught to write as a history major in college and so many dry history books I had to read: The book was published inbut it reads like it was written just a few weeks ago.

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Unfortunately, the bodies were buried above the permanently frozen layer of the permafrost and were in an advanced state of decomposition.

Funny thing is, based on synopses of the Arnold and Brown books, our knowledge of the flu fina not expanded much in the 20 years since Kolata wrote this book.

A still-unsolved medical mystery, expertly told: Was it a mutation in an ordinary human flu virus that caused a transformation into a global killer? Pass this book up and go straight to “America’s Forgotten Pandemic”.

During the course of this investigation they also found paraffin preserved lung tissue from victims of the flu stored at the National Tissue Repository maintained by the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. It makes the Black Plague look like a featherweight.

One could turn to Crosby or Arnold for that. It would also be great to add a chapter about the H1N1 pandemic as it closely relates to this.


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There was a problem adding your email address. Outstanding book with kooata of scientific info. Starting with history and moving towards modern science, this is a great book for anyone interested in understanding influenza. Return to Book Page.

To ask other readers questions about Fluplease sign up. Swine, being a close genetic relative to humans, not that surprising can incubate a bird flu and pass it to humans. I picked this book up because after reading In the Shadow of Blackbirds and watching a Downton Abbey episode about the flu epidemic I was interested in the history of the pandemic and what life was like during the time period.

As many American soldiers were killed by the flu as were killed in battle during World War I. Gina Kolata’s writing about the events of the influenza pandemic almost made me put this book down. It then continues for several more pages as Kolata writes about Hilton’s whole life leading up to his scientific work, which I believe was unnecessary and keeps readers distracted from the main idea of the book.

Most of these books build their foundations on Crosby’s book about the flu and focus on the science to nail it down or the ineptitude of civil government to handle the next pandemic. While Hultin quietly collected his specimens in Alaska, a high profile team organized by a young, energetic Canadian geographer, Kirsty Duncan, selected Spitsbergen, Norway, for specimen collection. Kolata also fully explores the events and decision-making surrounding the swine influenza program.

But what caused this terrible pandemic? There were peaks for children under five years, and for the elderly ages 70 to 74 years—but also a middle peak for toyear-olds, a surprisingly vulnerable group.

A military medical expedition appropriated his proposal and undertook the search—at a cost 30 times what Hultin had requested. I sat on the pail and saw this woman in a state of good preservation.