January 2018 will mark the centennial of the 1918 influenza pandemic, which tragically killed between 50 and 100 million individuals around the globe. The University of Michigan Center for the History of Medicine, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, offers this extensive collection of resources and archival material related to influenza in the United States. To do so, the team behind this project selected fifty U.S. cities and researched the impact of the flu in each one and collected archival material from local archives, libraries, and historical societies. For each featured city, visitors will find a short essay summarizing the impacts of the of disease and how medical professionals responded; a timeline of major events; images; and dozens of archival materials, including newspaper clippings and public health bulletins. In addition, in the About this Project section, visitors can access a 2007 article from the Journal of the American Medical Association that examines the non-pharmaceutical interventions that various cities implemented to mitigate the impact of the epidemic, and the relative success of these measures.
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