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

By Crosby

Among August 1918 and March 1919 the Spanish influenza unfold around the globe, claiming over 25 million lives, extra humans than these perished within the battling of the 1st global battle. It proved deadly to a minimum of a half-million americans. but, the Spanish flu pandemic is essentially forgotten this day. during this brilliant narrative, Alfred W. Crosby recounts the process the pandemic through the panic-stricken months of 1918 and 1919, measures its impression on American society, and probes the curious lack of nationwide reminiscence of this cataclysmic occasion. In a brand new version, with a brand new preface discussing the new outbreaks of ailments, together with the Asian flu and the SARS epidemic, America's Forgotten Pandemic continues to be either prescient and suitable. Alfred W. Crosby is a Professor Emeritus in American reports, historical past and Geography on the college of Texas at Austin, the place he taught for over two decades. His prior books contain Throwing fireplace (Cambrige, 2002), the degree of truth (Cambridge, 1997) and Ecological Imperialism (cambridge, 1986). Ecological Imperialism was once the winner of the 1986 Phi Beta Kappa booklet prize. The degree of fact was once selected via the la occasions as one of many a hundred most vital books of 1997.

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20. 26. Pressley, Saving the World, p. 67. 27. Graves, Robert, Good-bye to All That (London: Jonathan Cape, 1929), pp. 272-277, 316, 340-41. 28. MacPherson W. G. , History of Great War. Medical Services, General History, vol. 4, p. 515; Great Britain, Ministry of Health, Report on Pandemic, 1918-1919, pp. 354, 383; Jordan, Epidemic Influenza, pp. 87-88; Coutant, A. Francis, "An Epidemic of Influenza at Manila, P. ," Journal of the American Medical Association, vol. 71(9 November 1918), p. 1566.

33 (13 September 1918), pp. 1541-1544. : Government Printing Office, 1919), pp. 81, 175. New York Times, 18 August 1918. Jordan, Epidemic Influenza, pp. 202, 235. Boston Evening Transcript, 19 September 1918. Philadelphia Inquirer, 1 September 1918. Burley, R. Carlyle, The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States, 1859-1964 (New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1967), vol. 2, pp. 847-848. Office of the Surgeon General, Medical Department U. S. Army, vol. 9, p. 83. 3 THREE EXPLOSIONS AFRICA, EUROPE, AND AMERICA In the latter part of August 1918, the Spanish influenza virus mutated, and epidemics of unprecedented virulence exploded in the same week in three port cities thousands of miles apart: Freetown, Sierra Leone; Brest, France; and Boston, Massachusetts.

2 In the first three weeks of Germany's offensive, its troops overran 1,250 square miles of France. On March 23 les bodies began lobbing shells 75 miles into Paris with their Big Bertha howitzer. For 140 days the French Army was unable to force the withdrawal of Big Bertha and end the shelling of the capital of France. The German offensive, with a few pauses for regrouping and change of direction, continued for over four months. German 17 18 / EPIDEMIC AND PEACE, 1918 strategy was apparent to all: split the French and British forces, drive the latter into the Channel, and win the war.

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