By Jonathan A. Edlow
Deciding on up the place Berton Rouech?’s The clinical Detectives left off, The lethal banquet provides fifteen edge-of-your-seat, real-life medical detective tales written through a working towards health care professional. Award-winning writer Jonathan Edlow, M.D., exhibits the surgeon as detective and the epidemiologist as elite sleuth in tales which are as gripping because the most sensible thrillers.In those tales a infamous abdominal computer virus turns a suburban banquet right into a catastrophe that just about claims its host; a diminutive girl normally 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 signs they typically stumble upon, every one tale offers a truly various case the place medical professionals needs to paintings to discover the exact analysis ahead of it truly is too overdue. Edlow makes use of his specified skill to narrate complicated scientific innovations in a writing sort that's transparent, attractive and simply comprehensible. The ensuing tales either entertain us and train us a lot approximately medication, its historical past and the sophisticated interactions between pathogens, people, and the surroundings. (20100320)
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So it is very possible that typhoid bacilli, which are known to survive in river water, were present as the water flowed past the factory. And here, the Rosario canning plant draws its water to cool the cans after they are heat sterilized. Incredibly, in 1955, another outbreak of typhoid in Great Britain, at Pickering, was linked to tongue meat that had been canned at the very same plant in Rosario. As a direct result of that epidemic, the Argentine plant began to chlorinate the cooling water. In 1962, however, there had been a breakdown in the chlorination process that, for various economic and logistical reasons, had never been fixed.
The lessons learned from these stories can help us negotiate this sometimes fragile relationship. My hope is that the reader will be able to profit from these stories through both their educational as well as their entertainment value. p r e f a c e xiii This page intentionally left blank p a r t o n e Human Meets Pathogen This page intentionally left blank 1 The Deadly Dinner Party The get-together began as an afterthought, recalls Pam Stogess, a forty-three-year-old city legislator from Kingston, New York, a town nestled between Catskill State Park and the Hudson River.
He was able to produce all the typical symptoms—dilated pupil, droopy eyelids, vomiting, problems with swallowing, and respiratory failure—in these animals. But Kerner went even further. Like many physicians of his time, he experimented on himself. ” When the university professor who had been his instructor discovered that Kerner was poisoning himself in the name of research, he wisely forbade future self-experimentation. 6 h u m a n m e e t s p a t h o g e n Although Kerner tried in vain to produce the toxin, he did uncover the three major principles about sausage poisoning: he learned that the toxin is created in the bad sausage when it is stored in an oxygen-free state; that the toxin acted on both the motor and autonomic portions of the nervous system; and that the toxin was extremely potent and could lead to symptoms in very small doses.
Deadly dinner party and other medical detective stories by Jonathan A. Edlow