New Book Release: Influenza

אמר רבי חנינא: הכל בידי שמים חוץ מצנים פחים

Rabbi Chanina taught: Everything is in the hands of heaven, except diseases brought on by cold or heat.
— Talmud Bavli, Avodah Zarah 3b

I am delighted to share with you that today Simon and Schuster have released my new book:

Influenza: The Hundred-Year Hunt to Cure the Deadliest Disease in History.

The book is published on the 100th anniversary of the Great Influenza Pandemic, which killed over 675,000 people in the US and 100 million people worldwide. It tells the story of that pandemic, and how our knowledge of, and treatments for influenza have changed over the last century.

Read an excerpt here.

For those of you in Australia, Europe and the UK, the book will be released on January 31, 2019. And good news for our 150+ loyal Chinese readers. The book is being translated and will be released by Social Sciences Academic Press in mainland China in the near future.


Reviews of Influenza


We should not underestimate influenza as a serial killer, notes physician Jeremy Brown in this agile study. Brown — director of emergency-care research at the US National Institutes of Health — illuminates much... A thoughtful portrait of an elusive enemy.”


“Brown, in a casual and accessible style, traces the history of the disease from then until now, revealing…just how much we still don’t understand about this ever-changing virus…Graham Holter’s delivery is upbeat and engaging, complementing the author’s approach towards making this unnerving topic digestible….


…an accessible, straightforward and often riveting history of this seasonal menace.... brisk, entertaining and written with an endearing zeal….Influenza is layperson-friendly; Brown's explanations of virology and epidemiology are clearly meant to reach a wide audience of readers.


…Although we know a lot more about the virus today, which kills 30,000 people in the U.S. annually, we do not know enough to stop the next pandemic. Brown argues that a critical preparatory step should be to place the 1918 pandemic in our collective memory as we have for wars and battles—perhaps with a physical memorial—to honor our losses and to remind us how much there is yet to do.


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“Influenza” by Jeremy Brown (Touchstone, nonfiction, on sale Dec. 18)

What it’s about: On the 100th anniversary of the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, a physician looks at the history of the virus and where we are today with trying to find a cure.

The buzz: A “no-nonsense account of medicine’s long battle against influenza,” says Publishers Weekly.

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