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Gina Kolata is a science reporter for The New York Times.
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The Best American Science Writing 2005 (2005) — Bidragsgivare — 191 exemplar

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The Great Influenza / Flu - SRH group read i 75 Books Challenge for 2014 (april 2014)

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Really enjoyed. Kolata builds the story slowly, investing you in the family, making you care about the outcome. The science is handled clearly and the struggles all dealt with sensitively
 
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cspiwak | 34 andra recensioner | Mar 6, 2024 |
A good account of the history of the 1918 worldwide influenza epidemic which was forgotten about for many years, perhaps because of the psychological impact on the survivors, coming as it did in the final phases of a terrible dragged-out war. The book includes firsthand accounts of the harrowing symptoms and mass deaths of, in the main, young healthy people. It then goes on to recount a short history of the discovery of viruses and how they operate, and the various individuals who have investigated them and tried to find preserved specimens of the 1918 virus to develop a vaccine against the threat of its return.

The book does flag a bit in the middle when it gets bogged down in the details of lawsuits and insurance claims arising from the 1976 mass vaccination programme in the USA, but on the whole it is a good account of the difficulties of combating the constantly variable influenza virus and the dilemma facing health care professionals and governmental officials: whether or not to vaccinate the population when a virus breaks out that looks serious - because it could turn out to be a false alarm costing a huge amount and risking side effects, but if you don't, it could be the return of a killer flu. The book does make clear what a no win situation this is. In summary, it is a good account of the 'forgotten epidemic' and the ongoing background threat of influenza.
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