Influenza: The Hundred-Year Hunt to Cure the Deadliest Disease in History

Influenza: The Hundred-Year Hunt to Cure the Deadliest Disease in History

On the 100th anniversary of the devastating pandemic of 1918, Jeremy Brown, a veteran ER doctor, explores the troubling, terrifying, and complex history of the flu virus, from the origins of the Great Flu that killed millions, to vexing questions such as: are we prepared for the next epidemic, should you get a flu shot, and how close are we to finding a cure?

While influenza is now often thought of as a common and mild disease, it still kills over 30,000 people in the US each year. Dr. Jeremy Brown, currently Director of Emergency Care Research at the National Institutes of Health, expounds on the flu's deadly past to solve the mysteries that could protect us from the next outbreak. In Influenza, he talks with leading epidemiologists, policy makers, and the researcher who first sequenced the genetic building blocks of the original 1918 virus to offer both a comprehensive history and a roadmap for understanding what’s to come.

Dr. Brown digs into the discovery and resurrection of the flu virus in the frozen victims of the 1918 epidemic, as well as the bizarre remedies that once treated the disease, such as whiskey and blood-letting. Influenza also breaks down the current dialogue surrounding the disease, explaining the controversy over vaccinations, antiviral drugs like Tamiflu, and the federal government’s role in preparing for pandemic outbreaks. Though 100 years of advancement in medical research and technology have passed since the 1918 disaster, Dr. Brown warns that many of the most vital questions about the flu virus continue to confound even the leading experts.

Influenza is an enlightening and unnerving look at a shapeshifting deadly virus that has been around long before people—and warns us that it may be many more years before we are able to conquer it for good.

Title:Influenza: The Hundred-Year Hunt to Cure the Deadliest Disease in History
ISBN:9781501181245

    Influenza: The Hundred-Year Hunt to Cure the Deadliest Disease in History Reviews

  • Kristy K

    "Flu is certainly not the “emperor of all maladies” as cancer was described by the oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee, but it is the malady of all empires."This short but informative novel about infl...

  • Jeanette

    Simply perfect. Not only does he inform but he also is honest. Actually, he is the most honest medical doctor to express his knowledge and a condition in print that I have come across yet. And I read ...

  • Janet

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let the...

  • Dawn Michelle

    HOW do you review a book like this? I could absolutely do a term paper on this book and with a little more research and a few more notes [than what I already took], I could write a research paper on t...

  • David

    Here's an idea: on the 100-year anniversary of the Spanish flu pandemic, a history of the flu written by an actual doctor. In this case, a medical doctor who actually has seen perhaps hundreds of case...

  • Kate

    The 1918 epidemic has always held a fascination for me so I have read pretty much any book around on the subject. This one only touches on it lightly. It is written by a doctor and each chapter detail...

  • chan

    3.75/5 starsContent includes depictions of severe cases of influenza and suicide "I've been thinking heavily about the flu for twenty years," said [Jeff] Taubenberger, the man who knows more about the...

  • Bonny

    I'm glad that Jeremy Brown wrote Influenza in a scientific manner. The flu pandemic of 1918 was horrific and devastating, but Dr. Brown has chosen not to focus on the more sensational aspects of it. I...

  • Deborah Stevens

    A worldwide pandemic disease, untreatable and often fatal, with a dodgy vaccine that many people do not choose to get?Not Station Eleven dystopian fiction, but an account of the Spanish Flu of 1918, a...

  • Lori L (She Treads Softly)

    Influenza: The Hundred Year Hunt to Cure the Deadliest Disease in History by Jeremy Brown is a very highly recommended, fascinating exploration of the history of the flu virus and the search for a cur...