Arch Virol (2003) 148: 1643–1644 DOI 10.1007/s00705-003-0152-3 Potter, C. W. (ed.): Inﬂuenza. Perspectives in Medical Virology vol. 7. 280 pp, Elsevier Science, Amsterdam, 2002. ISBN 0-444-50627-6 Hardcover $99.-, EUR 99.-. Inﬂuenza is a clinical syndrome combining cough and fever which in the 13th century was described in Italy as being inﬂuenced (Italian inﬂuenza) by stars and heavenly bodies. This description seems to be the likely source of the term inﬂuenza. Inﬂuenza epidemics can infect as many as 50% or more of a population, causing symptoms in half the infected persons. The epidemics cause signiﬁcant morbidity; they are debilitating to patients and are socially and economically disruptive. In the United States, inﬂuenza kills 20 000 to 40 000 people in an average year, a ﬁgure which dwarfs the current SARS death rate of a few hundred worldwide. Although our information on the disease and the virus that causes it is probably more detailed than for any other virus infection, except HIV, the disease remains very much uncontrolled. This refreshing volume, edited by C W Potter, offers personalized accounts by some of the key players in inﬂuenza research of what has been done in the past 50 years and what the
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