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The world-wide spread of influenza in 1918 well deserved to be named "The Great Epidemic"; in this country alone some twenty million persons were sickened and over five hundred thousand died. It disrupted every phase of daily life, and slowed up our war effort here and abroad. The fact that the cause was unknown and that no specific therapy was available increased the tendency to panic and hysteria. The resulting situation, well described in this book, must seem incredible to the present generation who have been lulled to believe that no such epidemic can ever happen again.
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The Great Epidemic.. Ann Intern Med. ;54:1302. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-54-6-1302_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1961;54(6):1302.
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