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The Resource American pandemic : the lost worlds of the 1918 influenza epidemic, Nancy K. Bristow

American pandemic : the lost worlds of the 1918 influenza epidemic, Nancy K. Bristow

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American pandemic : the lost worlds of the 1918 influenza epidemic
Title
American pandemic
Title remainder
the lost worlds of the 1918 influenza epidemic
Statement of responsibility
Nancy K. Bristow
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Between the years 1918 and1920, influenza raged around the globe in the worst pandemic in recorded history, killing at least fifty million people, more than half a million of them Americans. Yet despite the devastation, this catastrophic event seems but a forgotten moment in our nation's past. This work offers a corrective to the silence surrounding the influenza outbreak. It sheds light on the social and cultural history of Americans during the pandemic, uncovering both the causes of the nation's public amnesia and the depth of the quiet remembering that endured. Focused on the primary players in this drama such as patients and their families, friends, and community, public health experts, and health care professionals, the author, a historian, and great-granddaughter of two of the pandemic's fatalities, draws on multiple perspectives to highlight the complex interplay between social identity, cultural norms, memory, and the epidemic. She has combed a wealth of primary sources, including letters, diaries, oral histories, memoirs, novels, newspapers, magazines, photographs, government documents, and health care literature. She shows that though the pandemic caused massive disruption in the most basic patterns of American life, influenza did not create long-term social or cultural change, serving instead to reinforce the status quo and the differences and disparities that defined American life. As the crisis waned, the pandemic slipped from the nation's public memory. The helplessness and despair Americans had suffered during the pandemic, she notes, was a story poorly suited to a nation focused on optimism and progress. For countless survivors, though, the trauma never ended, shadowing the remainder of their lives with memories of loss. This book lets us hear these long-silent voices, reclaiming an important chapter in the American past
  • "In 1918-1919 influenza raged around the globe in the worst pandemic in recorded history. Focusing on those closest to the crisis--patients, families, communities, public health officials, nurses and doctors--this book explores the epidemic in the United States"--
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1958-
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Bristow, Nancy K.
Dewey number
614.5/180973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
RA644.I6
LC item number
B75 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Influenza
  • Epidemics
  • HISTORY / United States / State & Local / General
  • MEDICAL / History
  • Epidemics
  • Influenza
  • Influenza, Human
  • Epidemics
  • United States
Label
American pandemic : the lost worlds of the 1918 influenza epidemic, Nancy K. Bristow
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 255-274) and index
Contents
Lost worlds -- "Influenza has apparently become domesticated with us" : influenza, medicine and the public, 1890-1918 -- "The whole world seems up-side-down" : patients, families and communities confront the epidemic -- "Let our experience be of value to other communities" : public health experts, the people, and progressivism -- "The experience was one I shall never forget" : doctors, nurses, and challenges of the epidemic -- "The terrible and wonderful experience" : forgetting and remembering the aftermath -- Reckoning the costs of amnesia.
Control code
000154803
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiii, 280 p.
Isbn
9780199811342
Isbn Type
(hardback : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011039800
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 154803
  • (OCoLC)758391854
Label
American pandemic : the lost worlds of the 1918 influenza epidemic, Nancy K. Bristow
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 255-274) and index
Contents
Lost worlds -- "Influenza has apparently become domesticated with us" : influenza, medicine and the public, 1890-1918 -- "The whole world seems up-side-down" : patients, families and communities confront the epidemic -- "Let our experience be of value to other communities" : public health experts, the people, and progressivism -- "The experience was one I shall never forget" : doctors, nurses, and challenges of the epidemic -- "The terrible and wonderful experience" : forgetting and remembering the aftermath -- Reckoning the costs of amnesia.
Control code
000154803
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiii, 280 p.
Isbn
9780199811342
Isbn Type
(hardback : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011039800
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 154803
  • (OCoLC)758391854

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