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

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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 ...

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Overview

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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"Nagami zooms in like a microscope on infections. She presents them, with all their drama, in the context of how they alter patients' and doctors' lives. Along the way, she conveys an amazing amount of medical information that's easy to absorb. Using her sharp storytelling skills, she illustrates for us how vulnerable we all are to microscopic intruders and how having the right doctor on our side can mean the difference between living and becoming another statistic in the morbidity reports."—Jane E. Allen, Los Angeles Times

"In the tradition of Microbe Hunters, Maneater is a fascinating account of a physician's struggles on behalf of her patients against the terrifying underworld of infectious diseases. Dr. Nagami is a compelling writer whose insatiable curiosity about bacteria and viruses never comes at the expense of those who suffer from them."—Frank Huyler, M.D., author of The Blood of Strangers

"A physician of great medical skills and writing talent . . . Nagami, in her fine book, conveys her humanness, warmth, and caring concern as a physician, and as a person. She helps reestablish our faith in medical practice. After reading Maneater, at the first sign of microbial invasion you would want to call her to take care of you. I know I would."—Robert S. Desowitz, Ph.D., author of The Malaria Capers

"[In Maneater] the vigor of hope is preserved, even in the face of the final incapacity. The depth of a humane vision is maintained to the end. The physician's own failings and shortcomings (for there is a limit to medical skills, despite the much-vaunted progress) are made into a route of escape from a ruinous sense of superiority . . . We all enjoy the physician's chronicle of the mighty struggle. It is a war that concerns us all, whose episodes are always fascinating. All the more so when told, as in these pages directly, truthfully, and clearly, by a front-line veteran."—F. Gonzalez-Crussi, M.D., Emeritus Professor of Pathology (from the foreword to Maneater)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580632096
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/10/2001
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Foreword

Introduction

1. Worm Hunt

2. Wounded Hearts

3. Valley Fever

4. AIDS

5. Maneater

6. A Fever from Africa

7. Manju 147

8. The Woman with the Worm in Her Head

9. Septic Shock

10. A Case of Chickenpox

11. Call Me Spot

Conclusion

Glossary

Selected Bibliography

Index

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