Deadly dinner party and other medical detective stories by Jonathan A. Edlow

By Jonathan A. Edlow

Picking out up the place Berton Rouech?’s The scientific Detectives left off, The lethal ceremonial dinner offers fifteen edge-of-your-seat, real-life medical detective tales written through a training general practitioner. Award-winning writer Jonathan Edlow, M.D., indicates the health care professional as detective and the epidemiologist as elite sleuth in tales which are as gripping because the top thrillers.In those tales a infamous abdominal trojan horse turns a suburban ceremonial dinner right into a catastrophe that just about claims its host; a diminutive girl commonly eats greater than her football-playing boyfriend yet consistently loses weight; a tender govt is clinically determined with lung melanoma, but the tumors appear to wax and wane inexplicably. Written for the lay one that needs to raised take hold of how medical professionals decipher the myriad clues and confusing indicators they typically stumble upon, each one tale provides a truly diversified case the place medical professionals needs to paintings to discover the exact analysis sooner than it really is too overdue. Edlow makes use of his designated skill to narrate advanced clinical techniques in a writing type that's transparent, enticing and simply comprehensible. The ensuing tales either entertain us and train us a lot approximately drugs, its historical past and the delicate interactions between pathogens, people, and the surroundings. (20100320)

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Too Much of a Good Thing 197 Sources 211 Index 237 This page intentionally left blank Preface When I was a teenager, my mother gave me a paperback book called The Medical Detectives, by Berton Roueché. These stories had all been previously published in an occasional series in the New Yorker called the Annals of Medicine. I had never heard of the New Yorker back then, and I had no particular desire to pursue a career in medicine. But I do remember devouring these stories one after another, and being sad when each one was over and sadder still when I had finished the book.

They didn’t eat the whole bowl because it had an odd taste, but they ate enough. By the next morning, the man had double vision, followed by weakness of his entire body. Twenty-four hours later, he was dead. Only after his wife developed similar symptoms did the doctors suspect botulism. On July 2, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a public warning after learning about the death, and the soup company, Bon Vivant of Newark, New Jersey, launched a recall of the 6,444 cans of vichyssoise that came from the same batch.

His physician was the detective who solved a mystery that baffled other doctors. “Monday Morning Fever” shows how a manufacturing process was central to the solution of a mini-epidemic in a small New England mill. This story is a classic example of how doctors see trees while epidemiologists see forests. Sometimes examining the commonalities in a group of cases helps to establish the diagnosis in an individual patient. But we do not even need to leave the house for the environment to invade our space; it’s everywhere.

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