What You Need to Know about the Flu
by R. K. Devlin
December 2020, 169pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7007-1
$45, £35, 40€, A62
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Each year, between 5 and 20 percent of Americans get the flu, and the virus has been responsible for many epidemics and pandemics throughout history.

What You Need to Know About the Flu offers readers a concise yet in-depth look at the influenza virus and the illness it causes, with both a historical perspective and a contemporary discussion of treatment, prevention, and controversies.

Seasonal influenza strikes each winter, sickening millions, causing thousands of hospitalizations and deaths, and resulting in millions of dollars in health care costs and lost work productivity. The flu can also cause periodic epidemics and global pandemics. Experts fear the next public health emergency may be a new and deadly strain of influenza.

This book is a part of Greenwood’s Inside Diseases and Disorders series. This series profiles a variety of physical and psychological conditions, distilling and consolidating vast collections of scientific knowledge into concise, readable volumes. A list of “top 10” essential questions begins each book, providing quick-access answers to readers’ most pressing concerns. The text follows a standardized, easy-to-navigate structure, with each chapter exploring a particular facet of the topic. In addition to covering basics such as causes, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and management options, books in this series delve into issues that are less commonly addressed but still critically important, such as effects on loved ones and caregivers. Case illustrations highlight key themes discussed in the book, accompanied by insightful analyses and recommendations.


  • Coverage of both seasonal and epidemic flu helps readers to better understand why the influenza virus is so difficult to combat
  • An Essential Questions section provides quick answers to the questions that readers are most likely to have and serves as a springboard to explore the content of the book in more detail
  • Case Illustrations provide relatable, real-world examples of concepts discussed in the text
  • An annotated Directory of Resources points readers toward useful books, organizations, and websites, acting as a gateway to further study and research
R. K. Devlin, MD, is an infectious diseases physician practicing in the Midwest. She is author of Influenza, a title in the former Greenwood Biographies of Disease series.

Inside Diseases and Disorders

Greenwood’s Inside Diseases and Disorders series explores some of the key diseases and disorders, both physical and psychological, affecting the world today. Each book examines a condition holistically, covering such topics as signs and symptoms, causes and risk factors, diagnosis and management, and prevention. They also address broader issues of vital importance, including the effects on family and friends and medical and societal controversies related to the condition. Every book lists 10 “essential questions” readers are likely to have and features engaging case studies that offer real-world insights.
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