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The Influenza Pandemic of 1918
This paper discusses the Flu Pandemic of 1918.
# 148052 | 1,360 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Aug 29, 2011 in Medical and Health (General) , History (General)

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This paper is a history of the Influenza Pandemic that struck the world in 1918. It discusses and analyzes the events that occurred during the pandemic to help provide a historical perspective. The writer also discusses the various changes in disease control that have taken place since then, and why this would never happen again.

From the Paper:

"The purpose of this paper is to introduce, discuss, and analyze the topic of American history. Specifically, it will discuss the influenza pandemic that took place in 1918 across the United States (and the world). In 1918, shortly after the end of World War I, a virulent form of influenza began to spread around the world. The press called it the "Spanish Flu," but studies now indicate it did not originate in Spain. In fact, scientists do not really know where it originated, (some believe it was in the American Midwest), but they do know that it was the largest pandemic the world has ever seen, and it killed more, traveled faster, and covered more area than any other global pandemic. Because accurate records were not kept around the world, it is not known how many people died globally, but modern estimates have reached 30 million, which is more than were killed in all of World War I."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Brownlee, C. "The Bad Fight: Immune Systems Harmed 1918 Flu Patients." Science News, 30 September 2006, 211+.
  • Grist, N.R. Pandemic Influenza 1918. 2009. Cape Town, South Africa: University of Cape Town. On-line. Available from the Internet:, accessed 17 April 2009.
  • Imperato, Pascal James. "America's Forgotten Pandemic. The Influenza of 1918." Journal of Community Health 29, no. 1 (2004): 100+.
  • Irwin, Julia F. "An Epidemic without Enmity: Explaining the Missing Ethnic Tensions in New Haven's 1918 Influenza Epidemic." Urban History Review 36, no. 2 (2008): 5+.
  • Phillips, Howard and David Killingray, eds. The Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918-19: New Perspectives. New York: Routledge, 2003.

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