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“The Flu”: A Brief History, by A. Mouritz

We’ve been here before. Medical historians are familiar with pandemics like our current one.

I find this book comforting as I read about the familiar symptoms of cough and fever and lung ailments. It puts our latest pandemic into perspective as I compare my state’s, country’s, and planet’s recent number of daily and total deaths with those of past pandemics.

The author’s ideas about causes, remedies, and prevention are old fashioned but food for thought as we figure out how to deal with the illness that is overwhelming us now.

Excerpt read by Grace Buchanan

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Image credits:
1918-1920 Spanish Flu Pandemic, Walter Reed Hospital Flu Ward,
Photographer: Harris & Ewing,
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C., USA,
Public domain.

1921 “The Flu” book cover,
Repository: Surgeon General’s Library at the U.S. National Library of Medicine,
Public Domain.

1921 “The Flu” title page,
Repository: Surgeon General’s Library at the U.S. National Library of Medicine,
Public Domain.

I dedicate this recording to my friend Liz in New York City who is recovering from the Coronavirus, and to all who have been touched by this pandemic.