Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus That Caused It (2020)

Flu The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of and the Search for the Virus That Caused It Feeling tired achy and congested You ll hope not after reading science writer Gina Kolata s engrossing Flu a fascinating look at the epidemic that wiped out around million people in less th
  • Title: Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus That Caused It
  • Author: Gina Kolata
  • ISBN: 9780333751053
  • Page: 201
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Feeling tired, achy, and congested You ll hope not after reading science writer Gina Kolata s engrossing Flu, a fascinating look at the 1918 epidemic that wiped out around 40 million people in less than a year and afflicted than one of every four Americans This tragedy, just on the heels of World War I and far deadly, so traumatized the survivors that few wouldFeeling tired, achy, and congested You ll hope not after reading science writer Gina Kolata s engrossing Flu, a fascinating look at the 1918 epidemic that wiped out around 40 million people in less than a year and afflicted than one of every four Americans This tragedy, just on the heels of World War I and far deadly, so traumatized the survivors that few would talk about it afterward Kolata reports on the scientific investigation of this bizarre outbreak, in particular the attempts to sequence the virus DNA from tissue samples of victims She also looks at the social and personal effects of the disease, from improved public health awareness to the loss of productivity The disease affected 20 to 40 year olds disproportionately How could this disease, now almost trivial to healthy young people, have become so virulent The answer is complex, invoking epidemiology, immunology, and even psychology, but Kolata cuts a swath through medical papers and statistical reports to tell a story of an out of control virus exploiting an exhausted world on the brink of transition into modern society Through letters, interviews, and news reports, she pieces together a cautionary tale that captures the horror of a devastating illness Research marches onward, but we re still at the mercy of something as simple as the flu Rob Lightner
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    1. This is a detective story Here was a mass murderer that was around 80 years ago and who s never been brought to justice And what we re trying to do is find the murderer Jeffery Taubenberger, molecular pathologistThere are estimates that the 1918 Flu killed anywhere from 20 million to 100 million people dwarfing the number of people killed in World War One Either number is horrifying, but as modern scientists start putting data together the larger number becomes realistic I ve always been fascin [...]

    2. I love a good disease book And I think the 1918 flu is just about as fascinating as you can get But this book talks about theories and old timey labs than it does about the human side of this epidemic Which, let s face it, is what s really interesting Imagine all of a sudden having a common illness sweep through your community and kill young healthy people so fast that you don t even have time to bury them right That s some serious shit This book just didn t do it justice I would like to find a [...]

    3. This book was just excellent and that s all that needs to be said.I recommend it to anyone who has an interest in medical history and likes Germ Theory Why I didn t study science at university instead of the arts is beyond me.

    4. Outstanding book with lots of scientific info So much time and energy was spent by many, many people to find out the cause of the 1918 flu pandemic but alas not definitive answer has yet been found Will it ever come This was a really well written, extremely easy to understand and informative read I recommend this one

    5. A good book on the deadly, ill named, spanish flu because today nobody knows where exactly this pandemia begun.The book is devoted to the history,epidemiology and investigation of this letal virus,that killed over 50 million humans arroun the world in the 1918 pandemia ,the most letal after the black dead,and its final reconstruction by means of frozen inuit lungs,dead by the disease, in the alaskan permafrost

    6. I really enjoyed this book The book covers a range of time from the beginning of the 1918 19 flu right up to still lingering questions about what made that particular flu strain so deadly and why it affected the young and healthy as much as the elderly and very young.I really learned a lot about the Flu and about the fight to determine its origins and genetic composition Some of the things in this book mirrored Book The Great Influenza The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History , although [...]

    7. The book was published in 1999, but it reads like it was written just a few weeks ago The information Gina presents is so relevant to today that it s eerie I am fascinated by the parts of history that our textbooks seem to forget, and the 1918 flu is probably one of the largest omissions in our historical texts 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 lives than WW1 and WW2 c [...]

    8. Right now, I m thoroughly enjoying this read by NYT reporter Gina Kolata it does seem odd that with the impact of the 1918 flu we haven t heard about it or how it changed American life as we know it.I had no idea Katherine Anne Porter s Pale Horse, Pale Rider dealt with this topic, nor Thomas Wolfe s Look Homeward, Angel, so I am going to now read these two books after this one with a different context and knowledge base which I hope will give me a deeper appreciation for both I ll be back with [...]

    9. Unfortunately I found the writing horribly awkward and clunky And worst of all for me, extremely repetitive and long winded I m fairly certain the book could have been at least a third shorter if the redundancies, unnecessary re explanations, barely related tangents, and overly wordy sentences had been pruned 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 words are always better, and it s good to restate the same things [...]

    10. I thought that this informative book about an interesting topic, the influenza epidemic of 1918, made some complex scientific processes approachable by the lay reader The book reads almost like a biography of influenza informing readers about previous epidemics pandemics similarities and differences between known influenzas the attempts, both failed and successful, to identify and isolate the various molecular fragments of the viral genes The focus, of course, was what differentiated the 1918 pa [...]

    11. For me this book had a really rough start Gina Kolata s writing about the events of the 1918 influenza pandemic almost made me put this book down The best way I can describe it was that it was choppy without proper transitions I had to keep going back to re read passages to see if I missed something Since it is such an interesting topic for me I stuck with it, and I am glad I did I almost wish this was described of a history of influenza book instead of a weird murder mystery thriller I found t [...]

    12. An interesting look at a part of our history that can get glossed over sometimes Unfortunately, this was focused on the science that went into deciphering the flu rather than the history of the flu itself While it was an enlightening read, and some of the people who worked on this project were extremely driven, fascinating people, mostly it just made me want to read a good old fashioned history book about the influenza pandemic.My one real issue was the completely unnecessary pages of lists tha [...]

    13. Flu is a quick, easy, read that skims over the 1918 Pandemic and introduces the reader to the current science of influenza.However, the book draws no solid conclusions, and has no real ending It also leaves threads hanging at the conclusion We are never told from what virus strain H N the recovered RNA indicated the 1918 flu belonged Finally, the chatty biographies of the books personalities were really annoying to have to wade through Does it really matter that Kirsty Duncan does Celtic dancing [...]

    14. This was a fascinating look at the 1918 Influenza pandemic, but I always seem to run into the same problem with science books The well received and highly rated ones are often older, and by the time I get around to reading them, I wish for a current look at the same topic I would love to read about outbreaks we ve had since 1999 when this was written, like SARS which I know is not influenza and the 2009 H1N1 flu.

    15. Outstanding I picked it up a second time because it s in my interests, without recognizing it It was outstanding the second time through, so I finished it again.

    16. Great book but I recommend first reading The Great Influenza by John Barry, which covers the 1918 pandemic in great detail, followed by Kolata s book which is focused on post 1918 flu history These two books dovetail perfectly together.

    17. The author was able to convey the terror of the 1918 flu epidemic quite vividly in this take of how it seemingly transferred from one person to another, one city to another overnight.

    18. When the plague came, on those chilly days of autumn, some said it was a terrible new weapon of war.In 1918, a pandemic hit the world and killed millions of people from China all the way out to the most remote outposts of the Alaskan wilderness A world already reeling from the disastrous effects of the first World War had to deal with their young people dropping dead from a terrifying illness that cost American lives than WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam combined But what caused this terrible pand [...]

    19. Get sick, Get well, Hang around the inkwell.First the good This timely and credible treatment of influenza fills a critical void The book is very readable Although concentrating on historical vignettes to the exclusion of scientific explanations, the book provides a helpful background for the consideration of risk, public policy, and personal preparation that arise from confusing, contradictory, and incomplete news items about flu outbreaks and related public health initiatives.Kolata clearly co [...]

    20. This was on the shelf at the library when I went to get The Great Influenza so I picked it up too I read this one first it was shorter While the basis of the book was the 1918 Influenza, the real story was what happened in science and medicine afterward While influenza was a known disease, the cause was not yet understood There were no microscopes powerful enough to see a virus, and by the time anyone thought that might be the cause, the flu was gone, seemingly lost forever The bulk of this book [...]

    21. A fascinating book about the 1918 spanish flu pandemic that swept the globe, killing an estimated 20 million to than 100 million people worldwide The virus was most deadly to adults aged 20 to 40 a portion of the population not usually as vulnerable to infectious disease The death toll was so high that in the United States the average life expectancy dropped by 12 years.The book explores the spread of the virus and the search for it remnants in tissue samples to discover why it was so lethal an [...]

    22. Kolata is a journalist and it shows, she has here catch phrase throughout the book and it ultimately made it tedious She also has a bit of hero worship for Jeffery Taubenberger which centered this book around the virology pathway twists and turns and ended up concentrating on the blow by blow nastiness of getting your scientific paper published first 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 gove [...]

    23. Starting with history and moving towards modern science, this is a great book for anyone interested in understanding influenza Although the 1918 pandemic isn t discussed frequently, I really enjoyed learning about it not only because of its virulence but also because it explains what the designations H1N1 etc actually mean, why we need so many flu vaccines every year, and why so many new strains of flu are discovered in China Definitely fascinating with very light descriptions of the genetic and [...]

    24. Very interesting story of the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, seriously undercut by the fact that the content of the story is 180 degrees different from what the author said it would be at the outset 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 WTF

    25. History and science, written like a mystery novel Learning about the individual players in the story made it even interesting Would definitely recommend.

    26. I honestly didn t finish this book It started off very interesting but then just got too bogged down.

    27. This was an audiobook The author is reading her own work and let me tell you, that is the worst part Her voice lacks variety and she has a lisp That said, this is a well written and highly informative book about the search for the 1918 flu virus and about flu viruses generally There is still a lot to be learned about why the 1918 version of the flu was so terribly deadly, so perhaps the author will write a sequel when we know This book tells the story of what happened in 1918, then goes on to d [...]

    28. Gina Kolata s telling of the story of the 1918 influenza pandemic reveals how modern medicine, basking in the success that the new germ theory of disease had brought, was utterly unprepared for, and therefore completely helpless in the face of, the pandemic that ravaged the world This flu was unlike any flu encountered before it was 25 times lethal than ordinary influenzas, killing 2.5 percent of its victims, in contrast to the normally observed 0.1 percent mortality Worldwide, possibly 50 mill [...]

    29. there were a few typos and the chronology was a bit odd, but the story was well told and fascinating i technically read it to do research for history but i really enjoyed most of it i had to slog through the 1976 legal battle between the government and vaccine producers but then it got back to pandemic viruses and exhuming frozen bodies and i was happy and now i want an updated edition what a cliffhanger my friends will be hearing about the flu for weeks.i spent a good fifteen minutes talking ab [...]

    30. Kolata narra la storia della spagnola e, soprattutto, la storia degli studi intrapresi per capire cosa fosse e perch ag con tanta virulenza Narra anche di come si reag nel corso del XX secolo ai diversi casi di allarmi dovuti a virus influenzali.Una lettura interessante, soprattutto in questo periodo di nascente pandemia, scritto bene da una giornalista scientifica che sa chiaramente di cosa sta parlando.Traduzione precisa.

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