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 influenz On the 100th anniversary of the devastating pandemic of 1918, Jeremy Brown, a veteran ER doctor, explores the troubli...

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Title:Influenza: The Hundred-Year Hunt to Cure the Deadliest Disease in History
Author:Jeremy Brown
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1501181246
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

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

  • Dawn Michelle
    Dec 03, 2018
    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 this book. But a review for Goodreads and NetGalley? THAT will be a little more difficu...
  • Susan J.
    Mar 05, 2019
    Influenza: The Hundred-Year Hunt to Cure the Deadliest Disease in History by Dr. Jeremy Brown -- 614.518 BRO 4 stars Dr. Jeremy Brown?s book on the flu is easily accessible for non-medical experts. I didn?t learn until a few years ago that the flu shot was to protect against inf...
  • Bonny
    Jan 28, 2019
    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. Instead he takes a thorough and informative approach by writing about the flu virus in ...
  • Monical
    Jul 11, 2019
    This book was much lighter than I expected. The author, a physician and head of the NIH's Office of Emergency Care Research, has written a book at the layman level about the biology, epidemiology and history of the influenza virus. Not much new in the book for me, but at 185 pages the ...
  • Andy
    Mar 08, 2019
    There are worse books about flu. As an American ER doctor from the UK, the author provides some perspective and asks some questions that don't occur to other writers, like "why do we insist on giving everyone flu shots when other countries don't do that?" He also goes into the fuzzines...
  • David
    Nov 21, 2018
    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 cases of the flu himself provides an interestingly unique viewpoint. He's also a good writ...
  • Lori L (She Treads Softly)
    Dec 12, 2018
    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 cure. The 1918 Flu pandemic left an estimated 50 to 100 million people dead worldwide....
  • Earl Grey Tea
    Jul 04, 2019
    While not the be all, end all book about influenza, Dr. Jeremy Brown provides a look into the world of this disease that is approachable to a modern reader without a medical background. Even though this is a relatively light read, the author dives deep enough into the various topics co...
  • Nannette
    Dec 23, 2018
    Influenza: The Hundred Year Hunt to Cure the Deadliest Disease in History Audiobook ? Unabridged Dr. Jeremy Brown (Author) Holter Graham (Narrator) Simon & Schuster Audio (Publisher) Dr. Jeremy Brown has written an easy to read history of the influenza virus that reads l...
  • Zeb Kantrowitz
    Jan 21, 2019
    Review of ?Influenza? by Jeremy Brown Dr. Brown is an Emergency Medicine physician who has worked in both the UK and the US. He wrote this book specifically to document the ?one hundred year war against the flu?. The Pandemic of 1919 killed over 30 million around the world. ...
  • Trevor
    Jun 12, 2019
    A highly prescient book. Dr. Brown lays out his arguments cogently and is captivating enough to bring a dense subject to life. I would recommend this book to those interested in the history of science and who are concerned about the future of disease and our responses to diseases. ...
  • Ron
    Dec 11, 2018
    Influenza by Dr. Jeremy Brown I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the Influenza pandemic of 1918 that killed 50 to 100 million people worldwide and infected as many as a third of th...
  • Janet
    Nov 25, 2018
    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 them do it. Dr Jeremy Brown, a veteran ER doctor, explores the troubling, terrifying...
  • Janet
    Nov 25, 2018
    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 them do it. Dr Jeremy Brown, a veteran ER doctor, explores the troubling, terrifying...
  • Susan Gallagher
    May 16, 2019
    Well written, but more history than science. Even though I'm far from an anti-vaxxer, I do believe the flu shot is way too hyped up for otherwise healthy young adults. The book fully vindicated my views on NOT getting the shot. ...
  • Andrea
    Nov 25, 2018
    Wow. Great book. The author is successful at explaining why influenza is a very complicated thing medically. He enumerated many of the medical descriptions of what the flu is, how does it grow and attack the body on a cellular level, as well as the constantly evolving virus. He strikes...
  • P D
    Jun 19, 2019
    Interesting history of influenza. The unique thing here is the ER doc's perspective on it - although I will say that has pros and cons. There were definitely parts of this book I felt would've been more effective if written by public health and policy experts. Being at the ground level...
  • Deborah Stevens
    Nov 26, 2018
    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, and lots of information on present day flu bugs, treatments, policies, etc. Wel...
  • Jan
    Nov 11, 2018
    I'm not certain who will benefit most from this book. The very beginning could be quite off putting to the general public while paramedicals like me are entranced. Lots of it is easily comprehensible to most, while some sections might make some folks glassy eyed. Yet you ask why I rec...
  • Jeanette
    Jan 04, 2019
    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 medical as a group- both public deemed and "in group" heavy textbook criteria testing....
  • The Irregular Reader
    Nov 25, 2018
    Jeremy Brown brings the focus of an ER physician to his history of the annual malady we are all so familiar with. On the 100 year anniversary of the 1918 "Spanish" Flu pandemic, Brown examines the nature of that strain, and of the influenza virus itself. Brown gives us an on-the-gro...
  • Kate
    Jan 16, 2019
    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 details a period of history and the effects that influenza epidemics had on the people, also...
  • Kristy K
    Feb 09, 2019
    "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 book about influenza encompasses everything from its history and its impact to the role pharmaceut...
  • Dan Dundon
    Apr 23, 2019
    If you thought you knew everything about the flu, you need to read "Influenza" by Dr. Jeremy Brown. The author takes an historical perspective in the early parts of the book but then ventures into current events which are sure to be eye-opening for many readers. For example, he exp...
  • Anett Kovacs
    Dec 15, 2018
    Note: I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley. ER doctor Jeremy Brown explores a century of flu in Influenza: The Quest to Cure the Deadliest Disease in History . From the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, which didn't even start in Spain to the 2009 H1N1 "pandemic", which, to be pr...
  • Emily
    Jun 23, 2019
    An interesting approach to influenza--both the history of the virus and current science. I had no idea that laxatives were used as a treatment for the flu years ago and had never really thought about how we know what we do know about transmission of the virus. The narrator's voice was ...
  • Robin
    Feb 03, 2019
    It was pretty interesting but overall it felt like something was missing. I didn't know too much about the influenza and the multiple millions of victims it causes. I just know it as the thing that makes me sniff once or twice a year. It was interesting to learn that the most li...
  • Gina
    Feb 21, 2019
    An excellent history of the flu, focusing largely on the famous 1918 pandemic (although that's not what the book is about specifically - it just serves as an example of a nasty pandemic influenza as a reference to other things) but including others as well, such as the 2009 swine flu a...
  • chan
    Dec 30, 2018
    3.75/5 stars Content 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 flu than anyone, "and I know nothing."I wanted to read this book, because I am fasc...
  • Literary Soirée
    Jun 01, 2019
    A fascinating look at flu, timed to the 100-year anniversary of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918, one which took my great-aunt and altered our family history forever. The author, Director of Emergency Care Research at the National Institutes of Health, includes a fair amount of med...