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Spanish Flu: The History of this 1918 Pandemic; How it Affected Mainers; Lessons That Apply Today


Maine’s proximity to Massachusetts, along with the ports of Bath and Portland, were catalysts in the Spanish Flu’s spread across Maine in 1918.  We’ll discuss the similarities and differences of that deadly pandemic to today’s, how it affected Maine, and any lessons that can be learned from it.



  •  Jamie Rice, Director of Collections & Research, Maine Historical Society of Portland
  • Dr. Richard 'Richie' Kahn, retired internist who served for a time as chief medical resident at Maine Medical Center.  His interest in medical history goes back to medical school. His book, "Dieases in the Distric of Maine 1772 - 1820: The Unpulished Work of  Jeremiah Barker, A Rural Physician in New England,' will be published in August. 



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