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Flu: A Medical Mystery

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 05 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:353
  1. Vittal Katikireddi, final year medical student (
  1. University of Edinburgh, and BMJ Clegg scholar

BBC Radio 4, 2 February at 8 pm

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Aspate of high-profile infectious threats has gripped the public psyche over the past few years. Coming amid reports of a rise in avian flu and a year after the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), this programme, which looked at the influenza pandemic of 1918, was timely.

The 1918 flu was one of the most devastating disease outbreaks of all time, killing 50 million people worldwide Witnesses reported the effects on family and society, as well …

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