Disease and Discrimination in Colonial Atlantic America

Reviewed by Michelle Ziegler Dale Hutchinson. Disease and Discrimination: Poverty and Pestilence in Colonial Atlantic America. University of Florida Press, 2016. $85 Dale Hutchinson's latest book fits into a recent trend of a more critical analysis of the role disease played in the demographic collapse of Native Americans in the Colonial period. After spending most of... Continue Reading →

Illustrations of the 1896-1897 Influenza Epidemic in Paris

This image has been used here at Contagions in various cropped versions as the header and avatar for several years now. I found a couple more related illustrations that are worth sharing and put the illustration in better context. This is an emergency tent hospital erected to handle the epidemic of 1897.  It certainly looks... Continue Reading →

Opening the Plague Files

Book Citation: A.P. Cook & N.D. Cook.  The Plague Files: Crisis Management in Sixteenth-Century Seville.  Louisiana State University Press, 2009. 296 pp. ISBN: 978-0-8071-4360-5. Topic: Public Health Crisis Management Time and Place: Seville, Spanish Empire, 1579-1581. Audience:  Those interested in history, crisis management, public health, and political science; written for a general audience. Discussion: The... Continue Reading →

Insights into the pathogenesis of the Spanish Flu

One of the enduring mysteries of influenza is why the 1918 H1N1 influenza, better known as the Spanish Flu, was so unusually deadly. The 2009 H1N1 influenza was certainly capable of creating a pandemic but was not nearly as deadly. Granted most of the fatalities in 1918 had bacterial pneumonia that could probably have been... Continue Reading →

Epidemiology of the Russian flu, 1889-1890

In an effort to extend the data set for influenza pandemic planning, Valleron, Cori, Meurisse, Carrat, and Boëlle gathered data from 15 countries in the northern hemisphere that experienced the 'Russian flu' pandemic in the winter of 1889-1890. The pandemic was first recorded in St. Petersburg, Russia. Within a mere four months it had spread... Continue Reading →

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