publication . Article . 2017

Infection, contagion and causality in Colonial Britain: the 1889-90 influenza pandemic and the British Medical Journal.

Kousoulis, Antonis A; Tsoucalas, Gregory;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2017
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
The influenza pandemic of 1889 was the first truly global flu outbreak in scope. Characterised by high morbidity and low mortality, it spread rapidly across Europe and the rest of the world along trading routes. It reached mainland Britain in December 1889. The responses of medical practitioners in Britain and the British colonies to the pandemic were heavily featured in the British Medical Journal and reveal a confusing picture around causality, contagion and infection. Cases from the colonies (Cape Town, India, Australia, Samoan Islands, Hong Kong) as presented in the journal are explored in an attempt to reconstruct the mainstream medical belief of the time. ...
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