Sunday, December 24, 2006

Maneater and Other True Stories of a Life in Infectious Diseases

Author: Pamela Nagami, MD

First line: I know things about the human body because I've looked at what lucky people never see.

Why you should read it: In a fast-paced, personal, and informative narrative, Dr. Nagami discusses her diagnosis and treatment of common and exotic infectious diseases. Lots of great technical details by a doctor who loves her work and pits herself against man's most deadly enemies on a day-to-day basis. Suspense and drama; not everyone makes it out of ICU alive.

Why you shouldn't read it: You're a highly suggestibly hypochondriac convinced you have every disease you hear of; you're squeamish about medical descriptions; you get easily depressed over the deaths of characters in books.

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