Fever of War: The Influenza Epidemic in the U.S. Army During World War I

NYU Press, 5 apr. 2005 - 251 pagina's

The startling impact of the 1918 influenza epidemic on the American army, its medical officers, and their profession, a story which has long been silenced

The influenza epidemic of 1918 killed more people in one year than the Great War killed in four, sickening at least one quarter of the world's population. In Fever of War, Carol R. Byerly uncovers medical officers' memoirs and diaries, official reports, scientific articles, and other original sources, to tell a grave tale about the limits of modern medicine and warfare.

The tragedy begins with overly confident medical officers who, armed with new knowledge and technologies of modern medicine, had an inflated sense of their ability to control disease. The conditions of trench warfare on the Western Front soon outflanked medical knowledge by creating an environment where the influenza virus could mutate to a lethal strain. This new flu virus soon left medical officers’ confidence in tatters as thousands of soldiers and trainees died under their care. They also were unable to convince the War Department to reduce the crowding of troops aboard ships and in barracks which were providing ideal environments for the epidemic to thrive. After the war, and given their helplessness to control influenza, many medical officers and military leaders began to downplay the epidemic as a significant event for the U. S. army, in effect erasing this dramatic story from the American historical memory.


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From the disaster and WWI reading programs. The other books I’ve read about the 1918 influenza epidemic mention the effects of the disease on the U.S. Army; in Fever of War author Carol Byerly focuses ... Volledige review lezen

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A significant little monograph that seeks to emphasize the impact of the Great Influenza Epidemic of 1918 on the U.S. Army, an event that the author suggests has been greatly downgraded, if only ... Volledige review lezen


Medical Heroes Medical Officers Confidence as They Prepare for War
Building a Healthy Army Government Control and Accountability
WorstCase Scenario The Influenza Epidemic of 1918 in the Camps
Fighting Germs and Germans Influenza in the American Expeditionary Forces
Postmortem The Trauma of Failure 19181919
Except for the Flu Writing the History of the Epidemic
Memory and the Politics of Disease and War
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About the Author

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Pagina 13 - No more war, no more plague, only the dazed silence that follows the ceasing of the heavy guns; noiseless houses with the shades drawn, empty streets, the dead cold light of tomorrow. Now there would be time for everything.
Pagina 20 - Public health is purchasable; within natural limitations a community can determine its own death rate.

Over de auteur (2005)

Carol R. Byerly worked for the United States Congress and the American Red Cross, taught history at the University of Colorado, and was a research scholar of military medical history for the Office of the Surgeon General of the United States Army.

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