Worried about bird flu?

A book on the 1918 global flu pandemic offers some interesting lessons for our own times.

With the news that HSBC has formulated a massive contingency plan for fighting a bird flu pandemic, it is clear that the spread of the outbreak from Asia to Turkey has focused a lot of minds.

With this in mind, it probably pays to gain some perspective from the past - and the last great pandemic to hit the world. This, of course, was the 1918 flu pandemic, which killed an estimated 50 million people. And if you want to...

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