didten read the print book
bigest susprise, that they think it started in the USA
not favoret but most shicking was the vigalanty atrociteas
you cant do two thing at the same time.
eye opener. of the times, people and social interactions.
Yes, I enjoyed the scientific history of the early vaccines. The history of the policy decisions of the Wilson administration was fascinating. And the description of the devastation of the influenza epidemic was mind boggling. The history of the development of modern medical education was unknown to me even though I went to medical school in Baltimore (U of Maryland) and was dimly aware of the role John's Hopkins played.
The story of the epidemic in Philadelphia.
I actually didn't enjoy the "acting" by the reader.
I felt sorry for the researcher, I can't bring his name to mind, who left his fund raising job in Philadelphia, returned to the lab without success and eventually died of yellow fever in South America.
I thought the reader was a little slow in his delivery.
...also gets a bit thick and feels like a history lesson....not that this is a bad thing. It shows an intimate look at how the medical profession becomes a professional high standard movement from what was a community of minimally trained "doctors" who administered bizarre and sometimes dangerous practices. It is more about turn of the century medicine more than the influenza epidemic.
Research Technologist with deep interests in Host Cell - Pathogen Interactions & Cancer Research. I enjoy and mostly listen to Non-Fiction audiobooks on Medicine/Science, War and History. I also like to Game when I'm not in the lab.
The history of the rise of American medicine and the Scientists involved.
Oswald Theodore Avery; he never gave up although he was never recognized for his work even to the extent of refusing him a Nobel Prize.
This book really reveals the hidden stories behind American Medicine and the Deadliest Plague in the History of mankind. Although it took a very long time to get to the point of the story, the histories told were informative and I really liked it. I therefore recommend to all.
I would put it in the upper middle, good but not the best. I still enjoyed it a lot. I would recommend it to anyone to finds the subject matter interesting.
The amount of mistakes the country's leaders made in under estimating the strength of the flu. Their thoughts were on the WW1 and how to win it. They went and had a 2 mile long War Bond parade when people were already dropping dead from the flu. This made it spread so much faster.
no, I have not.
The hopelessness, some people were so sick themselves that they could not carry their loved ones corpses out of their NY apts and they were forced to lay in the same room as the dead. The scary thing is this could so easily happen again and spread so much quicker. We have no really major way to fight it.
Informative, interesting & thought-provoking.
Scott Brick is an excellent narrator who brings what could be a dry work to life.
You just see a little blip in history books in school. Influenza, millions died, happened around the time of The Great War/World War I. This book gives so much more information & background on an episode that had such an impact on so many lives. There's more to this than just how many died - in this book, you meet real people coping with a plague using what we today see is as rather primitive medical resources, and how their work helped shape the world we live in now.
This book would easily qualify as a required text in a course on the History of Modern Medicine in America, as a primer on Epidemiology, microbiology and the Scientific Method. I think it should be required reading for anyone planing to make a career in health care.
It is truly mind boggling to comprehend how poorly educated, and resistant the American medical establishment was at the end of the 19th century or how much resistance there was to the changes that would make us #1 in the world by the middle of the 20th.
There is no telling how much worse things might have been if it had not been for "The Hopkins", and the creation of Johns Hopkins University, in pre-Civil war America.
This story; which reads like a well written mystery novel, of the struggle to modernize medicine, and of the incredible gains, and the unforgivable failures, that occurred along with way; mostly due to large than life egos, and the self interests of politicians and civilians alike, is so mind blowing that it's difficult to imagine how we got to where we are today; or survived "The Great Epidemic"
This is a fascinating read; especially for those of us in the medical professions, but surely, just as fascinating for those who are not.
I never imagined that this book would be so enlightening or so spellbinding!
Fascinating, surprising, scary.
Toward the end of the book, the author does a solid job of linking this historic event to the present situation.
Scott Brick is my favorite audiobook reader.
This story had way too many statistics and too few stories of the people affected by the epidemic. He missed a great opportunity to tell a compelling and vivid tale by continually throwing percentages at us. That would be okay, except he's billing this as an epic story and there really was no story here. I learned a lot, but it was dry. The reader did a good job with dry material. That said, it's an important part of history that I had previously been only vaguely aware of, so I'm not sorry I listened to it. I think I've been spoiled by other writers. Would love to see this same issue in the hands of a real story-teller.