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Dr Jeremy Brown, America's highest medical authority on emergency care research, offers some enlightening, entertaining and unnerving advice on the flu.

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Dr Jeremy Brown trained at University College School of Medicine in London and completed his residency in emergency medicine in Boston. He was the Research Director in the Department of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University before moving to the National Institutes of Health, where he now directs its Office of Emergency Care Research. His opinion pieces have been published in the New York Times and Washington Post, and he has written for Discover magazine.


'Brown's book is like an Agatha Christie novel, or a cold-case episode of some television drama. The crime has already been committed - in this case, a century ago - but the villain is still on the loose, still committing crimes, and somehow managing to evade the plods.' * Age *
'Brown smartly examines this viral infection from all sorts of angles - medical history, virology, diagnosis and treatment, economics and epidemiology' health-care policy, and prevention.' (starred review) * Booklist *
'In Influenza, [Brown] builds effectively on his clinical and scientific career, making the virus itself central to his story...Although his story is a somber one, Dr. Brown's account is punctuated by some humor and much avuncular advice...[Brown's book] highlights that influenza is still a real and present threat and demonstrates the power and limitations of modern medicine.' * Wall Street Journal *
'Part science, part history, part politics and part expert advice, Influenza is exactly the book you want to read when you're tucked in bed, feeling feverish.' * Mail on Sunday *
'One thing Brown does make clear in this thorough, engaging analysis of influenza is that we can't afford to ignore the lessons of the century-old pandemic.' * Australian *
'Who better to take you on a tour of this most implacable of human diseases than Dr Jeremy Brown, a veteran of the ER.' * Happy Mag *
'I found this book oddly reassuring in these uncertain times. There are good reasons as to why the 1918 pandemic may not be as deadly if it happened today and we have learned things along the way with subsequent pandemics. The WHO has got your back, as do thousands of scientists working in the background.' * Sam Still Reading *

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