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

By Crosby

Among August 1918 and March 1919 the Spanish influenza unfold world wide, claiming over 25 million lives, extra humans than these perished within the scuffling with of the 1st global conflict. It proved deadly to a minimum of a half-million american citizens. but, the Spanish flu pandemic is basically forgotten this day. during this vibrant narrative, Alfred W. Crosby recounts the process the pandemic through 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 hot outbreaks of illnesses, together with the Asian flu and the SARS epidemic, America's Forgotten Pandemic continues to be either prescient and proper. Alfred W. Crosby is a Professor Emeritus in American reviews, heritage and Geography on the college of Texas at Austin, the place he taught for over twenty years. His earlier books comprise Throwing hearth (Cambrige, 2002), the degree of truth (Cambridge, 1997) and Ecological Imperialism (cambridge, 1986). Ecological Imperialism used to be the winner of the 1986 Phi Beta Kappa e-book prize. The degree of truth was once selected by means of the la occasions as one of many a hundred most vital books of 1997.

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The evening after his statement appeared in the Boston Globe, a new building of the Navy Radio School was formally dedicated. Thousands of sailors and civilians packed into a drill hall to hear Admiral Wood's speech, observe a drill team and exhibition of calisthenics, and then dance till midnight. The first three pandemic deaths in Boston officially ascribed to influenza rather than to pneumonia occurred on September 8: one navy death, one merchant marine, and the first civilian death so diagnosed since early summer.

16. , Epidemic Influenza, A Survey (Chicago: American Medical Association, 1927), pp. , "The Influenza Epidemic of 1918 in the American Expeditionary Force in France and England," Archives of Internal Medicine, vol. 23 (June 1919), p. 675. 17. Annual Reports of the Navy Department, 1919, p. , Saving the World for Democracy (Clarinda, Iowa: The Artcraft, 1933), pp. 13, 231, 232. 18. , A Soldier in Science, the Autobiography of Baily K. , 1934), pp. 304-305; Fairchild, D. ), pp. 8-9, 29; AnnualReports of the Navy Department, 1919, p.

Of course, strict enforcement of cleanliness broke down at the front, and "cooties" were as common in World War I as DDT in World War II, but typhus stayed on the Eastern Front and doughboys in France had only its mild cousin, trench fever, to trouble them. The other old scourge of war, diarrhea, was at times epidemic, but rarely fatal. 10 Air-borne disease was something else again. If there wasn't a vaccine, as in the case of smallpox, to prevent soldiers from contracting air-borne disease, then there wasn't much that could be done (or that we can do today).

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