Maneater: And Other True Stories of a Life in Infectious Diseases

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St. Martin's Press, Nov 10, 2001 - Health & Fitness - 287 pages
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Most of us think nothing of that salad for lunch, that insect bite, that swim in the sea; yet these all bring human beings into contact with dangerous, even deadly microorganisms. In Maneater, Nagami discusses the shocking and amazing cases of bacterial and viral infections she has encountered in her career as an infectious disease specialist. Through personal accounts, she reveals the facts about some of the deadliest diseases: the warning signs, treatments, and most compellingly, what it feels like to make the medical and ethical decisions that can mean the difference between life and death.

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I was very disappointed with this book when I realized it is IDENTICAL-literally word for word- to her other book The Woman with a Worm in Her Head and Other true stories of Infectious Disease. I received this as a gift because I am interested in Infectious Disease and already had the Worm book. I'm not actually sure how this is even allowed-to have two completely separate titles on books with identical content, forwards, chapters, etc. So buyer be warned. 

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With a more personal slant than _Bitten_, much of the author's own life is recounted within this collection of chapters, each highlighting a different deadly disease. Some of these case-studies do end happily, but prepare yourself for not all of them to do so. In many ways, this reminded me of that television show _House_, and at times I actually stopped and wondered if the writers for that show sourced this book as some of the cases seemed verbatim for episodes. Entertaining, albeit in a frightening way, the book raised issues and warnings about diseases I had not been aware of before. Not for an alarmist or anyone with so much as a touch of hypochondria though... 

About the author (2001)

Pamela Nagami received her M.D. from Yale University in 1976 and is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine and infectious diseases. She is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine and staff physician in internal medicine and infectious diseases at the Southern California Permanente Medical Group’s Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Woodland Hills. Dr. Nagami and her partner help manage the infectious-disease problems of the over 120,000 adult Kaiser Health Plan members in their area. In addition, she maintains a primary care practice of 1,200 patients.

Dr. Nagami is the author of three book chapters and of thirteen articles and abstracts within her specialty. Her chapter on infectious diseases in Current Emergency Diagnosis and Treatment is a standard medical reference and is used in many emergency rooms worldwide.

Dr. Nagami has received awards for excellence in clinical teaching both from UCLA and from her own hospital, which has twice named her Physician of the Year. She has made numerous national and local television appearances and has given hundreds of lectures within the University of California system and the community at large. She was interviewed by Connie Chung on “The Infectious Disease Consequences of Nuclear War,” and has appeared on television news broadcasts to discuss such topics as influenza, “flesh-eating strep,” and the hanta virus.

Pamela has been married for twenty-one years to Glenn Nagami, M.D., an academic nephrologist. They have two children, ages fifteen and seventeen.

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