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The Great Influenza by John M. Barry
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Mar 13, 10

it was ok
bookshelves: science
Read in January, 2009

As a history of public health institutions and medical education in this country, this book is ok and fairly interesting, but as a treatise on epidemiology, it certainly left me feeling disappointed and confused. I guess I was hoping for an exciting medical detective story ala Berton Rouche. I have a great personal interest in the 1918 flu epidemic and this book did not much enhance my knowlege of microbiology or infectious disease, leaving me with more questions than answers. Perhaps Gina Kolata's book on the same topic will prove more satisfactory?

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