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Fever of War
Author: Carol R. Byerly

ISBN: 9780814799239
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 251
Published: 17 July 2006
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 1.91 x 15.24 x 22.86
A significant contribution to both military, social, and medical history. . . . Fills a void and provides a valuable corrective to a literature that ignored the role of the army in creating conditions that maximized mortality, glorified the role of the military, and provided explanations that shifted responsibility to individual and racial susceptibilities.-American Historical Review"In this lucid, well-focused book, Byerly (Univ. of Colorado) examines the 1918 influenza pandemic as experienced by the American Expeditionary Force. In writing this important analysis, Byerly joins scholars such as Alfred Crosby, whose classic study America's Forgotten Pandemic: The Influenza of 1918 remains the benchmark, and John Barry, whose The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History focuses on the role of public health. Byerly's prose is exceptionally clear and elegant. Highly recommended."-Choice"In this era of threats of anthrax, smallpox, SARS, and bird flue, are we any less assured of our ability to conquer disease than the generation of 1918? Perhaps Byerly's account of the great influenza epidemic is a clarion call to wake us from our own hubris....

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