Gina Kolata. · Rating details · 5, ratings · reviews. In the Great Flu Epidemic killed an estimated 40 million people virtually overnight. If such a. Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of and the Search for the Virus That Caused It By Gina Kolata. New York: Farrar, Straus. It is sometimes called the “Spanish” flu, probably because neutral Spain did not censor The epidemic per se is not the main subject of Gina Kolata’s interesting .

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And no area of the globe was safe. It was twenty-five times more deadly than ordinary influenzas. However, the book kolsta no solid conclusions, and has no real ending. Indeed, one of the people who helped tremendously was a “lowly” lab technician. Rather, most deaths were caused by an overreaction of the body’s immune system, creating a cytokine storm that led to total respiratory failure.

Scientists have recently rediscovered shards of the flu virus frozen in Alaska and preserved in scraps of tissue in a government warehouse. All cases could be traced to direct exposure to live poultry. Citing articles via Kolat Scholar. For me this book had a really rough start. She starts out by listing all the places giha 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.

Some of the things in this book mirrored [Book: But she is even-handed to a fault in her descriptions of competing theories and scientists gkna showing for example way too much patience for the narcissistic Kirsty Duncan.

She also has a bit of hero worship for Jeffery Taubenberger- which centered this book around clu virology pathway twists and turns and ended up concentrating on the blow by blow nastiness of getting your scientific paper published first.

In this book, Gina Kolata tells the story of the scientists searching for answers. But what caused this terrible pandemic? Books by Gina Kolata.

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The end of the book is in some ways very frustrating because there is still no answer to why that particular flu was so deadly and there were a good five or six promising investigations that were started or yet to be started and I really wanted to know how they turned out.


When the Alaska team finds a perfectly preserved specimen that information of course is not shared with the rivals even though there was a scientist coordinating both teams. In the Great Flu Epidemic killed an estimated 40 million people virtually overnight. She had a lifelong interest in health and infectious diseases, yet knew almost nothing about the pandemic. Kolata has taught writing as a visiting professor at Princeton University and frequently gives lectures across the country.

The fact that many people have such little knowledge on such an important event that has taken place in history is why Gina Kolata has written this book. When the plague came, on those chilly days of autumn, some said it was a terrible new weapon of war. Otherwise, a quick read with many interesting facts and implications for the future.

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Koalta one real issue was the completely unnecessary pages of lists that Kolata put in – naming every. I really enjoyed this book. While Hultin quietly collected his specimens in Alaska, a high profile team organized by a young, energetic Canadian geographer, Kirsty Duncan, selected Spitsbergen, Norway, for fli collection.

I would lik I love a good disease book. Yet if, against all odds, a bird flu virus was infecting people, it would have hemagglutinin and neuraminidase proteins that had never been seen before by a human being.

Hospital-onset neonatal sepsis and mortality in low resource settings — will bundles save the day? Farrar, Straus and Giroux, It then continues for several more pages as Kolata writes ginq Hilton’s whole life leading up to his scientific work, which I believe was unnecessary and keeps readers distracted from the main idea of the book.

Does it really matter that Kirsty Duncan does Celtic dancing? I’ll be Right now, I’m thoroughly enjoying this read by NYT reporter Gina Kolata – it does seem odd that with the impact of the flu we haven’t heard more about it or how it changed American life as we know it.

I read this one firstit kolta shorter. Chances are that person will not be there four years from now.

The press was favorable in the beginning of the program, but papers like the New York Post started to turn the tide towards government conspiracy theories. That being said, this lady’s name is Gina Kolata.

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Her account is necessarily brief; for a fully developed chronicle of the epidemic, one is advised to read America’s Forgotten Pandemic by the historian Alfred Crosby. With these gruesome details, readers get a glimpse into the suffering and pain that those affected by the influenza virus had to undergo.

I agree to the terms and conditions. Barry focused on which is a sometimes altered personality for Flu survivors. It would also be great to add a chapter about the H1N1 pandemic as it closely relates to this. Funny thing is, based on synopses of the Arnold and Brown books, our knowledge of the flu has not expanded much in the 20 years since Kolata wrote this book. Flh does a good job of weaving these stories together, particularly the efforts to find bodies of victims frozen in the permafrost in order to gain virus samples.

Flu: The Story Of The Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It

His proposal in to retrieve specimens from pandemic victims buried in the permafrost is fascinating and a touch horrifying. What emerges from Kolata’s hopscotching across the decades is that science uses the tools available at the time, and often has to retrace its steps as new tools make it possible to conduct studies that were impossible decades earlier. Everyone held their breath as the epidemiologists worked intensely. Reply to Peiffer-Smadja, et al. fou

Close kolatw search navigation Article navigation. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Return to Book Page. The media in was strangely silent, and the victims’ families and public health officials seemed almost embarrassed to talk about it, a scenario similar to the ss early reaction on AIDS.

It was outstanding the second time through, so I finished it again.