American pandemic [electronic resource] : the lost worlds of the 1918 influenza epidemic / Nancy K. Bristow.
- New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, c2012.
1 online resource (295 p.)
- Influenza -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Epidemics -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
- Electronic books.
- Between the years 1918 and1920, influenza raged around the globe in the worst pandemic in recorded history, killing at least fifty million people, more than half a million of them Americans. Yet despite the devastation, this catastrophic event seems but a forgotten moment in the United States.American Pandemic offers a much-needed corrective to the silence surrounding the influenza outbreak. It sheds light on the social and cultural history of Americans during the pandemic, uncovering both the causes of the nation's public amnesia and the depth of the quiet remembering that endured. Focused on
- Cover; Table of Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Lost Worlds; 1. "Influenza has apparently become domesticated with us": Influenza, Medicine, and the Public, 1890-1918; 2. "The whole world seems up-side-down": Patients, Families, and Communities Confront the Epidemic; 3. "Let our experience be of value to other communities": Public Health Experts, the People, and Progressivism; 4. "The experience was one I shall never forget": Doctors, Nurses, and the Challenges of the Epidemic; 5. "The terrible and wonderful experience": Forgetting and Remembering in the Aftermath
Conclusion: Reckoning the Costs of AmnesiaAbbreviations; Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; Z
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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