Influenza as a life changing eventBMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c416 (Published 07 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c416
- Philip Mortimer, Health Protection Agency, Centre for Infections, Virus Reference Department, London
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 …