Re: 1918 Influenza Pandemic

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  • Thu, Apr 30, 2009 - 08:58pm

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    Re: 1918 Influenza Pandemic


[quote=ccpetersmd]These men start with what appears to be an ordinary attack of LaGrippe or Influenza, and when brought to the Hosp. they very rapidly develop the most viscous type of Pneumonia that has ever been seen. Two hours after admission they have the Mahogany spots over the cheek bones, and a few hours later you can begin to see the Cyanosis extending from their ears and spreading all over the face, until it is hard to distinguish the coloured men from the white. It is only a matter of a few hours then until death comes, and it is simply a struggle for air until they suffocate. It is horrible. One can stand it to see one, two or twenty men die, but to see these poor devils dropping like flies sort of gets on your nerves. We have been averaging about 100 deaths per day, and still keeping it up. There is no doubt in my mind that there is a new mixed infection here, but what I don’t know.”[/quote]

I couldn’t help but notice the sequence of events here.  I have no idea whether there’s any significance to the fact that this observer states that the symptoms are ordinary until shortly after arrival at the hospital, after which they rapidly deteriorate on a rather tight timeline, but it did raise my other eyebrow. 


Well, keeping in mind that this response is coming from a former Army doctor, my suspicion is that the ill enlisted men may not have been permitted to go to the hospital until they were direly ill. I saw similar resistance to soldiers receiving medical care when I was in the Army, and suspect that it was no different then. I don’t know this to be true, obviously, but it would fit with my experience.