Book ID: CBB001420164

The Last Plague: Spanish Influenza and the Politics of Public Health in Canada (2013)

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Humphries, Mark Osborne (Author)


University of Toronto Press


Publication Date: 2013
Physical Details: xii + 323 pp.; ill.; index; bibl.
Language: English

The `Spanish' influenza of 1918 was the deadliest pandemic in history, killing as many as 50 million people worldwide. Canadian federal public health officials tried to prevent the disease from entering the country by implementing a maritime quarantine, as had been their standard practice since the cholera epidemics of 1832. But the 1918 flu was a different type of disease. In spite of the best efforts of both federal and local officials, up to fifty thousand Canadians died. In The Last Plague, Mark Osborne Humphries examines how federal epidemic disease management strategies developed before the First World War, arguing that the deadliest epidemic in Canadian history ultimately challenged traditional ideas about disease and public health governance. Using federal, provincial, and municipal archival sources, newspapers, and newly discovered military records -- as well as original epidemiological studies -- Humphries' sweeping national study situates the flu within a larger social, political, and military context for the first time. His provocative conclusion is that the 1918 flu crisis had important long-term consequences at the national level, ushering in the `modern' era of public health in Canada.

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Review Jenkins, Jane (2014) Review of "The Last Plague: Spanish Influenza and the Politics of Public Health in Canada". Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/Bulletin Canadienne d'Histoire de la Medecine (pp. 216-219). unapi

Review Moore, Kirsten (2014) Review of "The Last Plague: Spanish Influenza and the Politics of Public Health in Canada". Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences (pp. 680-682). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Jones, M.
Langford, Christopher
Afkhami, Amir Arsalan
MacDougall, Heather A.
Jenkins, Jane E.
Mamelund, Svenn-Erik
Journals
Medical History
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Social History of Medicine
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/Bulletin Canadienne d'Histoire de la Medecine
Publishers
University of New Mexico Press
Penguin
University of Massachusetts Press
Syracuse University
Harvard University
Concepts
Public health
Epidemics
Disease and diseases
Influenza
Medicine and government
Public policy
People
Penna, Belisário
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
20th century
20th century, late
Places
United States
England
Great Britain
Canada
Sri Lanka
Wales
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