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Pandemic Influenza -- Past, Present, Future: Communicating Today Based on the Lessons from the 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic
Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It
- Author: Gina Kolata
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, November 1999
- ISBN 0743203984
Kolata uses personal stories, modern research, and medical descriptions to depict the devastation caused by the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic. Kolata posits that identifying the causes of the 1918 epidemic is the only way to prepare for and prevent future ones. This book is a 1999 New York Times notable book.
When Germs Travel: Six Major Epidemics That Invaded America Since 1900 and
the Fears They Have Unleashed
- Author: Howard Markel
- Publisher: New York, Pantheon Books/Alfred A. Knopf Books, 2004. (Simultaneously published in Canada: Toronto: Random House of Canada, Ltd., 2004; paperback edition published by Vintage Books/Random House, New York, 2005.)
- ISBN: 978-0-375-72602-6 (0-375-72602-0)
Markel discusses six epidemics—tuberculosis, bubonic plague, trachoma, typhus, cholera, and AIDS—and offers insight into the American public health system. The book identifies weaknesses in the system, and calls for a globally funded public health system aimed at stopping the spread of epidemics.
The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History
- Author: John Barry
- Publisher: Penguin Books, 2005
Barry delves into the history of the 1918 influenza pandemic. He presents statistics and personal accounts that illustrate the emotions of the time and offers his suggestions for the future.
Secret Agents: The Menace of Emerging Infections
- Author: Madeline Drexler
- Publisher: Joseph Henry Press, 2005
- ISBN: 0309076382
Drexleraddresses new and emerging infections, and chronicles the achievements of science in the race to prevent future epidemics. Topics include foodborne pathogens, antibiotic resistance, animals and insectborne diseases, pandemic influenza, infectious causes of chronic disease, and bioterrorism.
Plagues and Poxes: The Impact of Human History
- Author: A.J. Bollet
- Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing, 2005
- ISBN: 188879979X
This series of essays focuses on the history of diseases. The book includes discussions of containment and treatment, as well as advances made in the medical community.
Rapid Reference to Influenza, 2nd edition
- Author: Jan Wilschut, Janet Mcelhaney, Abraham Palache
- Publisher: Mosby, June 2, 2006
- ISBN: 0723434336
A clearly written, illustrated reference guide, Rapid Reference provides detailed information on influenza— its origin, symptoms, and treatment. The 2nd edition includes an updated section on the H5N1 virus.
America's Forgotten Pandemic: The Influenza of 1918
- Author: Alfred Crosby
- Publisher: Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989
- ISBN: 0521833949
Crosby provides a comprehensive account of the 1918–1919 influenza pandemic that measures the impact on American society. Crosby also questions the lack of interest in the pandemic, maintaining that the keys to the future lie hidden in this forgotten pandemic.
- Author:Lynette Izzoni
- Publisher: TV Books, March 1999
- ISBN: 157500108X
Izzoni relies heavily on personal accounts from those who lived through the pandemic. The focus of the book lies not in medical or scientific thought, but rather in individual experience.
Purple Death: The Mysterious Flu of 1918
- Author: David Getz
- Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), November 15, 2000
- ISBN: 080505751X
Getz focuses on the medical history of the influenza pandemic of 1918. This historical account discusses the rapid spread and morbidity rates. Included are photographs that help depict the seriousness of the disease.
The Great Epidemic
- Author: A.A. Hoehling
- Publisher: Boston: Little Brown and Company, 1961
Markel, Howard. The foreignness of germs: the persistent association of immigrants and disease in American society. Milbank Q. 2002;80(4):757-88.
- PMID: 12532646 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]. Abstract available at http://PubMed.gov.
This article discusses immigrants, and why they are stigmatized during times of national crisis. Spanning two generations, the information in the article suggests that the mistakes of the past must not be repeated.
History of Pandemics – Expert Articles
Steve Perry—Bird Flu: This Thing Just Continues to March . Interview with Osterholm, from CityPages, 3/22/06
Howard Markel—The Iraq War and Global Public Health, from The Globalist, 4/21/03.
Howard Markel—The Flu Snafu—The Story Behind Strain A (H2N2), from The Globalist, 4/18/05
Gina Kolata—New York Times
- Genetic Material of Virus From 1918 Flu is Found (3/21/97)
- Scientists Uncover Clues to Flu Epidemic of 1918 (2/16/99)
- Experts Unlock Clues to Spread of 1918 Flu Virus (10/6/05)
- Hazard in Hunt for New Flu: Looking for Bugs in All the Wrong Places (11/8/05)
- The 1918 Flu Killed Millions. Does it Hold Clues for Today? (3/28/06)
- How Serious is the Risk of Avian Flu? ( 3/27/06)
From FluLab.com—Bird Flu Report 10—1918 Spanish Flu
PBS—Secrets of the Dead IV: Killer Flu
PBS—Rx for Survival
1918 Influenza Pandemic Special Report, Nature, October 05, 2005:
Influenza>>Pandemic Influenza Links, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP):
Preparing for the Next Pandemic—article by Michael T. Osterholm, 2005:
Influenza Pandemics of the 20th Century—article by Edwin D. Kilbourne, 2006:
The Influenza Pandemic of 1918—article by Molly Billings, June, 1997 modified February, 2005:
The 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic, and the Emerging Bird Flu Panic: Mankind’s most devastating recorded global epidemic, and its latest close call—article by Leonard Crane, 1998-2006:
Influenza 1918: “…the worst epidemic the United States has ever known.” PBS:
The Blue Death—article by Jim Duffy, 2004:
The Coming Influenza Pandemic: Lessons from the Past for the Future—article by Michael M. Patterson, November 2005:
The Deadly Virus: The Influenza Epidemic of 1918—Selected Records from the National Archives:
The Spanish Influenza Outbreak1918—Sarah Cummings:
Experts fear escape of 1918 flu from lab, New Scientist, October 21, 2004:
There Wasn’t a Mine Runnin’ a Lump O’ Coal: A Kentucky Coal Miner Remembers the Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919, University of Kentucky Oral History Project:
Avian and Human Pandemic Influenza—Economic and Social Impacts, World Health Organization, November 8, 2005:
The Impact of Pandemic Influenza on Public Health—presentation by Rashid A. Chotani, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health:
Global Health Council:
A Hunt for Life-Saving Lessons from a Grim Past, NPR: All Things Considered—story by Richard Harris, February 20, 2006: