Ever have to write a 10 page essay, but said it all in the first page? Well this author had an essay of good material but had to write a book. Long digressions into the celebrations of the first trans-atlantic telegraph cable..the application of science to medical arts..a smug history of "modern" medicine..all tiresomely told. I'm afraid I can't finish this book before I develop a fever myself...If you want to know about the topic, listen to "FLU", much better told, and shorter.
I dislike abridged books and like readings by Scott Brick - but not this time. If a third of this book had gone away, it would be a better text. Maybe Brick's problem with this reading is that he, too, got worn down.
Sections of it were interesting, but it could not decide what it wanted to be - a medical text book or an historical documentary. Depending upon what you wanted from it, you needed to fast forward through the alternate book contained within.
I recommended it to my physician daughter who is working on a graduate degree in community health, but in written word and not audible format. It will make it easier to extract the parts that are of interest.
This book was not what I expected, but it truly surpassed my expectations as I listened. The significance of the historical setting in which this flu epidemic occurred became more and more clear as the book progressed. This was an excellent presentation of both the historical setting, the state of medical practice and clinical research, and the events of this epidemic. My grandfather was a young physician at the time of this epidemic, and this put many of the stories I had heard into the proper perspective. Scott Brick is an excellent narrator, crisp and clear; a true complement to the story. I highly recommend this book.
I mean everything. The author is extremely detailed. You will find that the level of understanding was greater at that time than you might have known. You will also learn much about influenza than you ever knew!
Travel a lot for work and spend a good deal of time in the car.
This book is great. At first i was getting bored with the medical history lesson and wasnt quite sure how it all related to the title, but it all came together. Its amazing all of the things that came together to create the perfect storm for this plague to cause so much death ad destruction. The scope of the deaths was far more then i first imagined.
This book was very informative, if not unsetteling. I recommend this to everyone.
Scott brick does an awsome job with the narration.
I have come back to listen to this three times. Each time I feel almost overwhelmed by the information put before me. Like almost everyone, I had heard about the Spanish Flu Epidemic. I had never realized the full extent of the damage it did ... and of the changes it brought about in modern medicine.
Thank goodness, it did!
and how we grew in our contry's medical knowledge. The flu epidemic was so consuming and so horrible that I find the loss of life described almost unreal. I cannot believe how much this country, and especially our armed forces suffered and died. And then to hear how horrible this flu murdered world wide. I just cannot believe how much and how many people died and much we depend on our medical experts.
This book is a wonderful history of a very scary time. The descriptions of the scientists who were trying to save us and those who inadvertently hurt us are wonderful. A great listen.
I think a better title would have been "The History of medicine, with 1918 flu facts thrown in".
Actually, the VAST amount of Medical history seems off topic at first, but it does come around to giving the reader a better grounding of the science of the time when it finally DOES get around to the 1918 influenza.
It's comprehensive, I'll give it that much.
This book was not exactly what I thought it would be. From a historical standpoint, parts of the book were really interesting, as I really did not know much about the great flu of 1918. Much of the book, however, delves into the science behind the epidemic. (Imagine listening to someone read a biology book outloud!) So brace yourself - the book can bring back memories of your (yawn) high school chemistry class.