The flu pandemic that began in 1918 touched with illness virtually every family in America. It was a devastating time, far overshadowing the carnage of World War I as the pandemic killed more people in less time than any disease before or since. With 25% to 30% of the world's population having... read more
“Shattered homes, health and income, inability to work, impaired efficiency, loss of earning power, and mental anxiety and distress, coupled with the high cost of living, completed the chain of horrors following the ravages of the epidemic.”Dr. William H. Peters, Health Commissioner for Cincinnatti, OH
“On Monday, he had a fever yet again. Most of that week he was in bed, attended to, it would appear, by the same military surgeon...the cheerful soul who 'asked if you have been spitting blood.' The military doctor suggested that Seymour might smoke a few cigarettes -- 'says it is good for all kinds of sickness.'”Author
“During the following days, influenza seemed to run through the camp like wildfire -- eight thousand cases in four days...The morgue already looked like the worst description of the London plague.”Author
“For what seemed like an eternity, each morning when the doctors made their rounds, all of the men in the critical section would be gone, all having died during the night.”Author
“The experiments also showed that the 1918 virus reproduced at least one-hundred-fold, and sometimes many-thousand-fold faster, far more successfully than any of the hybrid or contemporary strains, resulting in overwhelmingly large numbers of viral particles in the lung tissue.”Author
1 The Riddle of Influenza
2 The Silent Foe (Spring 1918)
3 A Kind of Plague (Fall 1918)
4 One War Ends
5 The "Paris Cold"
6 The Aftermath (1919)
7 A Tired Nation (1920)
8 The Battle Continues
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