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Books, Journals, New Media
July 6, 2005

World War I

Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2005;294(1):113-114. doi:10.1001/jama.294.1.113-b

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.

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