Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor:
Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA;
Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia
Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.
Fever of War, by Carol R. Byerly, is the first
historical overview of effects of the World War I influenza pandemic on the
US Army. Byerly is adjunct professor of history at the University of Colorado
and a research scholar of military history for the US Army.
The book has 250 pages divided among six chapters with 20 informative
figures. Expectedly, Byerly writes from a political and military perspective. Fever of War focuses on the impact of influenza on the
officer corps and on government officials involved in the epidemic. The author
concentrates on four aspects: the impact of influenza on the conduct of the
war in the United States and in Europe, the role of medical officers vis-à-vis
affected soldiers, the government’s responsibility for the well-being
of the troops, and cultural and historical factors that determined medical
policy during and following the epidemic.
Cunha BA. World War I. JAMA. 2005;294(1):113-114. doi:10.1001/jama.294.1.113-b