Year of the Flu

In 1916, Holbert Nixon, brought his bride, Beatrice, to the coal mining village in southwestern Pennsylvania to begin his first medical practice. He had signed an agreement with a coal company to care for the several hundred immigrants tho lived in the village and worked in the Revere mine.
Before he could treat anyone, however, he had to learn how to communicate since his patients spoke in foreign dialects. Even their names were hard to pronounce. Although struggling with these early challenges, he and Bea settled into the simple country life.
Then in September, 1918, disaster struck. Villagers sickened in rapid succession in the pandemic that killed quickly and indiscriminately throughout the world. This is the true story of Nixon’s heroic fight to save the lives of an entire town from history’s most lethal influenza virus.

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