Hunting the 1918 Flu: One Scientist's Search for a Killer VirusBMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7416.687 (Published 18 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:687
- Fred Charatan, retired geriatric physician (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Boynton Beach, Florida, USA
Kirsty Duncan, a professor of medical geography at the University of Toronto, has written about a 1998 expedition to retrieve tissues from people buried in Spitzbergen, Norway, who were killed by the 1918 flu pandemic.
University of Toronto Press, £22.50/US$35, pp 297 ISBN 0 8020 8748 5
In three waves, the pandemic raged in every continent except Antarctica. It is estimated to have killed 20 to 40 million people and it is well described here in a 22 page introductory review. Fifteen years after the pandemic, Christopher Andrews and Wilson Smith, at the National Institute for Medical …