“An Extraordinary Sequel: The ‘Russian’ Influenza and Enduring Sequelae in Victorian Culture”

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Cover of Le Petit Parisien dated 12 January 1890 showing the impact of the epidemic in Paris.

In this article, Dr. Lakshmi Krishnan examines the ‘Russian’ influenza pandemic’s enduring cultural and biosocial impact through the framework of sequelae – chronic conditions arising in the aftermath of acute illness. Drawing on medical case histories, criminal reports, illness narratives, and works of fiction, she explores how the Victorians taxonomized and theorized such long-term effects of infectious disease.

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