America's Forgotten Pandemic: The Influenza of 1918, 2nd by Crosby

By Crosby

Among August 1918 and March 1919 the Spanish influenza unfold all over the world, claiming over 25 million lives, extra humans than these perished within the battling of the 1st global conflict. It proved deadly to at the very least a half-million americans. but, the Spanish flu pandemic is basically forgotten this day. during this brilliant narrative, Alfred W. Crosby recounts the process the pandemic in the course of the panic-stricken months of 1918 and 1919, measures its effect on American society, and probes the curious lack of nationwide reminiscence of this cataclysmic occasion. In a brand new variation, with a brand new preface discussing the new outbreaks of illnesses, together with the Asian flu and the SARS epidemic, America's Forgotten Pandemic is still either prescient and suitable. Alfred W. Crosby is a Professor Emeritus in American experiences, background and Geography on the collage of Texas at Austin, the place he taught for over two decades. His prior books comprise Throwing hearth (Cambrige, 2002), the degree of fact (Cambridge, 1997) and Ecological Imperialism (cambridge, 1986). Ecological Imperialism used to be the winner of the 1986 Phi Beta Kappa booklet prize. The degree of fact used to be selected through the l. a. occasions as one of many a hundred most vital books of 1997.

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As the epidemic declined in August in London, for instance, its special propensity for killing young adults declined, also. 33 We don't even have impressionistic remarks about how the character of Spanish influenza may have been changing in the rest of the world. The situation was dangerous because it was such as to maximize the exchange and propagation of different strains of flu viruses by people who were radically different immunologically. Because of the war, thousands of ships were traveling between Europe and all parts of the world carrying unprecedented numbers of all kinds of people.

Thereafter the numbers dropped. 5 Within two weeks of its first appearance, 2,000 officers and men of the First Naval District contracted influenza. The onset of illness for the individual patient was very sudden, the passage from apparent health to near prostration taking only one to two hours. Fevers ran from 101 to 105 , and the sick complained of general weakness and severe aches in their muscles, joints, backs, and heads. "6 For the majority, these symptoms continued for several days and recovery followed.

16 The USPH sent telegrams to those selected from the lists for active duty, offering them positions as Acting Assistant Surgeons. And so the lame and old set off to work 20-hour days at $200 a month, plus 4 dollars per diem, first in New Engalnd and then all over the nation. 17 THE SECOND AND THIRD WAVES / 5 1 The shortage of nurses was even more desperate. Since there were only palliatives for flu and pneumonia, doctors weren't the essential ingredient in fighting them. 18 The Red Cross involved itself in fighting Spanish influenza in both the military and civilian sectors.

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