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Dr. Fred and the Spanish Lady by Betty O'Keefe
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Nov 17, 2011

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bookshelves: adult, non-fiction, history, history-war, medical-health-and-history, 2011-read, biography-and-memoir, canada
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Part biography and part general history of the influenza outbreak of 1918, with a dash of modern health, Dr. Fred and the Spanish Lady reads very much like a local history. It traces the development of the Spanish flu from its mysterious origins, focusing heavily on how it impacted British Columbia, and more specifically, Vancouver and Victoria.

Despite its 200-plus pages, it's an easy read, sans foot- or endnotes, but includes a list of sources (the authors drew heavily from primary sources - newspapers, private papers, interviews, etc.) and a very brief bibliography (all books on the flu itself).

Excellent for genealogists' who have roots in B.C. While there are a few names listed, it's more valuable for showing the impact this major epidemic had on the local area.

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