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The Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919
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The Spanish Influenza pandemic of 1918-19 was the worst pandemic of modern times, claiming over 30 million lives in less than six months. In the hardest hit societies, everything else was put aside in a bid to cope with its ravages. It left millions orphaned and medical science desperate to find its cause. Despite the magnitude of its impact, few scholarly attempts have been made to examine this calamity in its many-sided complexity. On a global, multidisciplinary scale, the book seeks to apply the insights of a wide range of social and medical sciences to an investigation of the pandemic. Topics covered include the historiography of the pandemic, its virology, the enormous demographic impact, the medical and governmental responses it elicited, and its long-term effects, particularly the recent attempts to identify the precise causative virus from specimens taken from flu victims in 1918, or victims buried in the Arctic permafrost at that time.
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Howard Philips and David Killingray IntroductionPart I: Virological and Pathological Perspectives1. Edwin D. Kilbourne A Virologist's Perspective on the 1918-1919 Pandemic2. Jeffery K. Taubenberger Genetic Characterisation of the 1918 'Spanish' Influenza VirusPart II: Contemporary Medical and Nursing Perspectives3. Wilfried Witte The Plague That was Not Allowed to Happen: German Medicine and the Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919 in Baden4. Nancy K. Bristow 'You Can't Do Anything for Influenza': Doctors, Nurses and the Power of Gender During the Influenza Epidemic in the United StatesPart III: Official Responses to the Pandemic5. Geoffrey W. Rice Japan and New Zealand in the 1918 Influenza Pandemic: Comparative Perspectives on Offical Responses and Crisis Management6. Mridula Ramanna Coping with the Pandemic: The Bombay ExperiencePart IV: The Demographic Impact7. Wataru Iijima Spanish Influenza in China, 1918-19208. Kevin McCracken and Peter Curson Flu Downunder: A Demographic and Geographic Analysis of the 1919 Pandemic in Sydney, Australia9. N. P. A. S. Johnson The Overshadowed Killer: Influenza in Britain in 1918-191910. D. Ann Herring and Lisa Sattenspiel Death in Winter: Spanish Flu in the Canadian Subarctic11. Beatriz Echeverri Spanish Influenza seen from Spain12. Patrick Zylberman A Holocaust in a Holocaust: The Great War and the 1918 'Spanish' Influenza Epidemic in France13. Andrew Noymer and Michel Garenne Long-Term Effects of the 1918 'Spanish' Influenza Epidemic on Sex Differentials of Mortality in the USA: Exploratory Findings from Historical DataPart V: Long-Term Consequences and Memories14. James G. Ellison 'A Fierce Hunger': Tracing Impacts of the 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic in Southwest Tanzania15. Myron Echenberg 'The Dog that Did Not Bark': Memory and the 1918 Influenza Epidemic in SenegalPart VI: Epidemiological Lessons of the Pandemic16. Stephen C. Schoenbaum Tranmission of and Protections against Influenza: Epidemiological Observations Beginning with the 1918 Pandemic and the Implications

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