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Sunday, February 01, 2004
 
THE 1918 FLU PANDEMIC



There is perhaps nothing that is more bizarrely reported in the media today than disease. By this I mean the fact that 10 people have died from avian influenza makes headlines worldwide,while the destruction of Sub-Saharan Africa by AIDS continues unremarked. Old news. Likewise, in the history of the 20th century, the single deadliest episode is almost forgotten today. The "Spanish Lady" , the Influenza Epidemic of 1918, took somewhere between 20 and 100 million lives, worldwide. 675,000 in the US. 27,000 in the Netherlands. And untold millions in Asia.. My great uncle Charlie died in it. He survived service in the Phillipines during the Spanish-American War, but fell at the hands of another Spaniard..I only heard of him, because my grandmother, who lived to the age of 98, had in her possession a sword he had captured (or maybe bought, but we'll give old Charlie the benefit of the doubt) during that war. Of course, I was fascinated by it, and with her tongue loosened by a taste of her favorite beverage (Cutty Sark on the rocks..) Granny told me the story of the Great Flu..

PBS Site - Once again, these folks have put together a real nice website on a subject they did a show on..

A Nice Page from Stanford University

National Institute for Medical Research

Listen to 'Voices of History' on the pandemic

Well written account of impact on one girl's life..

There are many webpages devoted to this from a local perspective. Here's one from Michigan..

..and one on New Zealand

The Permafrost Yields Clues (ghouls take note, we're talking exhumations here..)

The Ethics of Virus Hunting

VARIOUS

Disgusting Foods, by nation..

Etch-a-Sketch Art Gallery (better than you'd expect!)

See what has been accomplished at your age!

Finally, remember Woodstock? Remember the "Fish Cheer"? (a highlight of my childhood, first hearing it..and reciting it with my juvenile delinquent friends ad nauseum..) Then, you must remember Country Joe McDonald! This '60's survivor has a darn good website, with music, history, humor, good causes. Pay it a visit!

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