Influenza

The Hundred-Year Hunt to Cure the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic
CD - unabridged
Audio (5 discs)
Product Number: DD40270
Released: Dec 18, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781508268222
Narrator/s: Holter Graham
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"Highlights that influenza is still a real and present threat and demonstrates the power and limitations of modern medicine." —The Wall Street Journal "A surprisingly compelling and accessible story of one of the world's most deadly diseases. It is timely and interesting, engaging and sobering." —David Gregort, CNN political analyst and former moderator for NBC's Meet the Press 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 but mild disease, it still kills more than thirty thousand people in the United States each year. Dr. Jeremy Brown, a veteran ER doctor and director of the Office of Emergency Care Research at the National Institutes of Health, 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 road map to protect us from the next outbreak. Dr. Brown explores the terrifying and complex history of the flu virus and looks at the controversy over vaccinations and the federal government's role in preparing for pandemic outbreaks. Though a hundred 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.

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Author(s): Jeremy Brown
Narrator(s): Holter Graham
Product Number Z100139533
Released: Dec 18, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781508268208
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Author(s): Jeremy Brown
Product Number EB00717545
Released: Dec 18, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Atria Books
ISBN: #9781501181269

Professional reviews

"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"