A veteran ER doctor explores the troubling, terrifying, and complex history and present-day research 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 relatively 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 the "grippingextensively researched" (Gail D'Onofrio MD, Yale School of Medicine) 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 a "compelling and accessible story of one of the world's most deadly diseases. It is timely and interesting, engaging and sobering" (David Gregory, CNN political analyst). It offers 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.
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"Did you get your flu shot yet? No matter your answer, you'll want to listen to this audiobook written by an expert on the disease who works at the National Institutes of Health. Writing a hundred years after the deadly epidemic that killed millions at the end of WWI, Dr. Brown says that we are nowhere near a cure and that even a shot is not a guarantee against the flu. Narrator Holter Graham's ominous approach, elastic phrasing, and somewhat smokey tone wonderfully fit the audiobook's atmosphere. He is able to enunciate complicated medical ideas and convey them, getting excited when he needs to and pausing and emphasizing when necessary to heighten tension. In short, Graham makes the flu a vital character in an audiobook that is a great listen. R.I.G. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"
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