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The Great Influenza

The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History
Autor: John M. Barry
Sprecher: Scott Brick
Spieldauer: 19 Std. und 26 Min.
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In the winter of 1918, at the height of World War I, history's most lethal influenza virus erupted in an army camp in Kansas, moved east with American troops, then exploded, killing as many as 100 million people worldwide. It killed more people in 24 weeks than AIDS has killed in 24 years, more in a year than the Black Death killed in a century. But this was not the Middle Ages, and 1918 marked the first collision between modern science and epidemic disease.

Magisterial in its breadth of perspective and depth of research, The Great Influenza weaves together multiple narratives, with characters ranging from William Welch, founder of the Johns Hopkins Medical School, to John D. Rockefeller and Woodrow Wilson. Ultimately a tale of triumph amid tragedy, this crisis provides us with a precise and sobering model as we confront the epidemics looming on our own horizon.

©2004, 2005 John M. Barry (P)2006 Penguin Audio

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Should be called “an American history of the great influenza”

The great influenza was a worldwide phenomenon. Whilst I appreciate the importance of a short history of the medical profession, I don’t understand why this goes into such depth and (amazingly) almost totally concentrated on the history of the American medical tradition. I stopped listening after chapter 2. Either provide a balanced review, or make clear that this is only a partial history from the perspective of the USA. Very annoying.