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Ship of Death: A Terrifying and Implacable Enemy

by Catharine Arnold In the final part of her Ship of Death essay, Catharine Arnold wraps up the tragic tale of the USS Leviathan, a troopship that highlighted the devastating spread of the Spanish flu.

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Lessons from the AIDS Epidemic

by Jonathan D. Quick, MD, with Bronwyn Fryer The 2020 outbreak of coronavirus has terrified the world–and revealed how unprepared we are for the next outbreak of an infectious disease. In The End of Epidemics, Dr. Jonathan D. Quick examines

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Ship of Death: Rates on the Rise

by Catharine Arnold With the death toll rising from Spanish flu, burials at sea became more and more common on the USS Leviathan. Read on for more from Catharine Arnold, author of Pandemic 1918.

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Ship of Death: Spanish Flu on the High Seas

by Catharine Arnold As conditions worsen on the USS Leviathan in October of 1918, another troopship, the Briton, faces similar problems as soldiers are forced to sleep on the deck to prevent the spread of the lethal Spanish flu.

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Ship of Death: “We Must Go At Any Cost”

by Catharine Arnold Revisiting the American soldiers aboard the USS Leviathan, Catharine Arnold discusses the dark, cramped, and overall ‘hellish’ conditions as the Spanish flu wreaked havoc on the ship.

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