Influenza as a life changing event

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 07 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c416
  1. Philip Mortimer, Health Protection Agency, Centre for Infections, Virus Reference Department, London
  1. elaine.mckeown{at}

    Pandemic flu is nothing new, and in the three years from 1889 the world was, as now, in its grip.

    The year 1891 found a little known Dr Conan Doyle struggling to build an ophthalmic practice in two rented rooms, one to be a consulting room and the other a waiting room, close to Harley Street. He later wrote that both proved to be waiting rooms, so that it was from there that he was able …

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