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In many ways, it is hard for modern people living in first-world countries to conceive of a pandemic sweeping around the world and killing millions of people. And it is even harder to believe that something as common as influenza could cause such widespread illness and death. Although the flu still takes hundreds of lives each year, most of those lost are very young or old or ill with something else that had already weakened them. In fact, most people contract influenza at least once, and many suffer from the flu several times in their lives and survive it with a minimum amount of medical attention.
In 1918, the world was still in the throes of the Great War, the deadliest conflict in human history at that point, but while World War I would be a catastrophic war surpassed only by World War II, an unprecedented influenza outbreak that same year inflicted casualties that would make both wars pale in comparison.
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By Jan on 12-10-16
Complacency can kill
historical places events, historical research, Charles River Editors
Excellent! A nonjudgmental thesis on the influenza pandemic of the early 20th century, with survivors accounts by people across the USA as well as published statements by the Surgeon General of the day. There are many lessons to be learned, and implied warnings to be noted, as well as an appreciation of what it was to have the young and healthy be stricken and and over 20% of those die within days. As a retired nurse, I certainly comprehend the exhaustion and despair experienced by those attempting to care for the sick.
I bought the audio on sale.
Steve Marvel gave a perfect reading!
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