Title: Influenza: the Hundred-Year Hunt to Cure the Deadliest Disease in History
By: Jeremy Brown, MD
Call #: 614.518 Brown.J
I thought it fitting to read about this disease on the 100th anniversary of the devastating pandemic of 1918, commonly referred to as the Spanish Flu. Dr. Brown writes clearly and cogently of the disease’s history (a very long one), its laundry list of so-called “cures,” how a typical doctor today treats a flu patient, and, most importantly what we are to expect in the future for what I call the San Andreas fault of viral diseases. I call it that because just as earthquake experts predict the “big one” someday soon on our west coast, so do many virologists predict a recurrence of the deadly 1918 version of the flu, or the rise of a totally new, easily transmitted variety. What is surprising is that despite how much medical science has discovered about the flu, the most vital questions are still unanswered, and a reliable cure/treatment or preventative still eludes us.