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Mass mediated disease; a case study analysis of three flu pandemics and public health policy. (reprint, 2006).


Mass mediated disease; a case study analysis of three flu pandemics and public health policy. (reprint, 2006)

Blakely, Debra E.

Lexington Books


189 pages




Like language, disease is a social and historical product of culture, says Blakely (communication, U. of Houston-Clear Lake), and in order to understand how people are affected by concepts of disease, it is necessary to examine the media's role in articulating those concepts. To that end, she represents the social construction of world-wide influenza outbreaks: 1918, the Asian Flu in 1957, and the Hong Kong Flu of 1968. She analyzes the print news stories and editorials in the New York Times, The Times of London, and popular American magazines. This is a 2007 paperback reprint of the 2006 original.

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