book: The Great Influenza

Amazon_great_influenzaThe Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History
By: John M. Barry

This is a fascinating book (available on Audible — 19 hour audio) about the formation of the U.S. medical community, the founding of Johns Hopkins and Rockefeller Institute, and the struggle and battle against the biggest and fastest murderer is history — the 1918-1919 Spanish Flu.

The book is fascinating … dissecting how bad the medical community was in the late 1800s and how a few people were able to radically transform it in a short time. And it has some parallels to today — could we do better today against a virulent outbreak?

If you can stomach this long book, I highly recommend it. I will be thinking about it for years.

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