The Heartland: Coping with Pandemic Then and Now

Ernest Hemingway wrote from his hospital bed in Milan in October 1918 that people dying from the Spanish flu “drowned in mucus, choking, unable to breathe.”  At that time the 19-year-old writer was recovering from wounds sustained while he was an ambulance driver in Italy during World War I.   The same month Hemingway’s physician father Clarence wrote from the Chicago suburb of Oak Park that for … Continue reading The Heartland: Coping with Pandemic Then and Now