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The Untreatable

Gavin Francis: The Spanish Flu, 25 January 2018

Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World 
by Laura Spinney.
Jonathan Cape, 352 pp., £20, June 2017, 978 1 910702 37 6
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... insisted Spanish flu saved his life, and without it, I suppose I wouldn’t be alive either.’Laura Spinney’s book attempts to collate what is known about the pandemic, and takes a stab at examining its legacy: ‘The flu resculpted human populations more radically than anything since the Black Death,’ she writes. ‘It influenced the course of ...

To Die One’s Own Death

Jacqueline Rose, 19 November 2020

... afflictions, even though its death toll came close to the combined toll of the two world wars. Laura Spinney – whose book about the Spanish flu, Pale Rider, was published before the arrival of Covid-19 – suggests that what can fairly be described as the worst ‘massacre’ of the 20th century has been rubbed out of history. Freud himself barely ...

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