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The Great Influenza by John M. Barry
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Jun 21, 2011

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Positives: Instead of only focusing on the influenza epidemic, Barry also explored early 20th century medical education, the politics of research, and other topics. Somewhat like And the Band Played On (although Shils' book was much better). Seemed to be well-researched.
Negatives: Repetition - information was given not once, not twice, but several times often using the same phrasing or analogies. Inconsistent explanations. In some cases there were very clear explanations of the function of the immune system, in other cases, the authored assumed that the reader had a more sophisticated understanding of immune function than most readers would have.
This book provides a chilling picture of what could happen again.

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