GeneralClinical Practice

Osteopathic Physician Mortality in the Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1920

Ashley Watson, OMS III; Tyler Watson, OMS III; and Leslie Ching, DO
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Received: May 29, 2020

Accepted: June 2, 2020

Published: June 23, 2020

J Osteopath Med; 120(7): 472-475

The influenza outbreak that occurred during 1918-1920 was a defining moment in the history of the world and osteopathic medicine. Despite the tremendous loss of human life, osteopathic physicians also observed greater success in the treatment of patients with the disease, in contrast with their allopathic counterparts. Osteopathic physicians also succumbed to the deadly influenza effects while treating patients. A list of osteopathic physicians who died of influenza or related complications during the pandemic, obtained from osteopathic journals from that time, is provided, along with the historical context of the pandemic.

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