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Our mission is to create a comprehensive and dynamic educational resource on Influenza, providing an understanding of the history and ongoing efforts to contain, prevent and treat this disease. Special attention is given to the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918 in order to understand the devastating potential of Influenza. To present a well-rounded program, this material is presented by leading public health officials, infectious disease experts, scientists and historians.
Featuring interviews with some of the leading authorities on the
Spanish Flu, Public Health and Infectious Disease.
We are delighted that Dr. Robert D. Hicks has agreed to interviewed for our website, in April of 2020. Dr. Hicks, a former director of the renowned Mütter Museum in Philadelphia, will be speaking about the devastating effect of the Spanish Flu on the city of Philadelphia in the fall of 1918. The Mutter Museum is currently featuring an exhibit entitled "Spit Spreads Death", which chronicles the pandemic in Philadelphia through a series of engaging interactive exhibits. (Please note that the Mutter Museum is closed to the public through May 1, 2020 and that is subject to change).
John Barry's book provides a deep understanding of the the impact of the Spanish Flu. It begins with a detailed discussion on the the state of medicine in 1918. The book introduces readers to the leading scientists and institutions at the turn of the 20th century, and provides an understanding of infectious disease and public health, leading up to the pandemic. Barry spent many years working on this NY Times Best Seller and his research into the possible US origin of the pandemic is one of the more important contributions to Spanish Flu history.
Laura Spinney does a wonderful job of explaining the various international experiences with the Spanish Flu. She tours the globe and discusses why different countries, regions and cities had vastly different experiences with the pandemic. She also suggests how the Spanish Flu impacted the political development of many of those countries.
This book, written by Micheal Osterholm, PhD,MPH and Mark Olshaker, was originally published in 2017 and was updated in 2020 to reflect the Covid-19 Pandemic. The book presents the greatest challenges to public health that we face today. The authors provide an historical context and discuss each deadly microbe and the efforts to identify and combat epidemics and pandemics. There is also an examination of the cost of failure to address each microbe. Of special interest to our topic is Chapter 18, "Influenza, King of Infectious Diseases".