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Influenza

The Hundred Year Hunt to Cure the Deadliest Disease in History
Narrated by: Holter Graham
Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
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On the 100th anniversary of the devastating pandemic of 1918, Jeremy Brown, a veteran ER doctor, explores the troubling, terrifying, and complex history of the flu virus, from the origins of the Great Flu that killed millions, to vexing questions such as: are we prepared for the next epidemic, should you get a flu shot, and how close are we to finding a cure?

While influenza is now often thought of as a common and mild disease, it still kills over 30,000 people in the US each year. Dr. Jeremy Brown, currently director of Emergency Care Research at the National Institutes of Health, expounds on the flu's deadly past to solve the mysteries that could protect us from the next outbreak. In Influenza, he talks with leading epidemiologists, policy makers, and the researcher who first sequenced the genetic building blocks of the original 1918 virus to offer both a comprehensive history and a roadmap for understanding what’s to come.

Dr. Brown digs into the discovery and resurrection of the flu virus in the frozen victims of the 1918 epidemic, as well as the bizarre remedies that once treated the disease, such as whiskey and blood-letting. Influenza also breaks down the current dialogue surrounding the disease, explaining the controversy over vaccinations, antiviral drugs like Tamiflu, and the federal government’s role in preparing for pandemic outbreaks. Though 100 years of advancement in medical research and technology have passed since the 1918 disaster, Dr. Brown warns that many of the most vital questions about the flu virus continue to confound even the leading experts.

Influenza is an enlightening and unnerving look at a shapeshifting deadly virus that has been around long before people - and warns us that it may be many more years before we are able to conquer it for good. 

©2018 Dr. Jeremy Brown (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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Important read

A complex problem clearly explained with suggestions for further research and solutions. Surprisingly very entertaining.

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Disappointing

Fairly poorly written, poorly thought out in places, repetitive and drags in long spots. Lots of interesting information, of course, but hardly worth the pain. Found myself skipping sections and, once or twice, actually yelling in frustration at the author’s poor reasoning.

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Excellent exploration of the topic from all angles

Excellent exploration of the topic from all angles, and useful reminders of how to think honestly about how science and government should interact.

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great

great history on the flu, and the quest to find a workable treatment. I did this book in 1.5 days.

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  • Jeff
  • Gainesville, VA, United States
  • 02-13-19

I loved this book. I learned so much.

Dr Brown takes complex subjects and makes them so easy to understand. I love how he explains or repeated mistakes from the 1918 pandemic to now and that while our knowledge and technical capabilities have come a long way, the virus still beats us yearly. I really understand the mutation in antigenic drifting and shift,he makes it so easy to get I now am going to be following flu outbreaks with flutrackers.com