Medical Detectives

A Listmania! list by E. A. Lovitt "starmoth" (Gladwin, MI USA)
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The list author says: "Once I read Paul de Kruif's "Microbe Hunters" I was hooked on this fascinating, awe-inspiring genre of medical detection. It has attracted some great authors, including physicians, scientists, and science writers. All of us owe our lives in one way or another to the 'medical detectives' in these books."
Microbe Hunters
1.  Microbe Hunters by Paul de Kruif
The list author says:
  "Paul de Kruif writes passionately about the pioneering work of scientists as Leeuwenhoek, Koch, Pasteur, Reed, and Ehrlich.  Perhaps 'the' classic in this field."
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Rats, Lice, and History: A Chronicle of Pestilence and Plagues
2.  Rats, Lice, and History: A Chronicle of Pestilence and Plagues by Hans Zinsser
The list author says:
  "I can't imagine Dr. Zinsser's grumpily discursive, masterfully written, and ultimately profound biography of typhus fever ever going completely out of print.  He himself was involved in typhus research, to the point of transporting pill boxes of lice under his socks for weeks at a time."
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The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History
3.  The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History by John M. Barry
The list author says:
  "This is a monumental history of the science, politics, and culture that revolved around the flu pandemic in America.  In one of its most haunting chapters, "The Great Influenza" focuses on one of the hardest hit cities, Philadelphia, PA, and how a corrupt city government made the plague even worse.  Highly recommended."
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The Medical Detectives (Truman Talley)
4.  The Medical Detectives (Truman Talley) by Berton Roueche
The list author says:
  "Berton Roueche was winner of the 1950 Albert Lasker Medical Journalism Award and wrote many volumes on physicians and medical detectives, collected from his articles in the 'New Yorker.'"
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Eleven Blue Men: 12 Startling Stories of Medical Detection- Unlike Anything You've Read Before...
5.  Eleven Blue Men: 12 Startling Stories of Medical Detection- Unlike Anything You've Read Before... by Berton Roueche
The list author says:
  "This is my favorite of Berton Roueche's many volumes on medical detectives.  He won the 1955 Mystery Writers of America Raven award for this one."
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The Medical Detectives Volume 2
6.  The Medical Detectives Volume 2 by Berton Roueche
The list author says:
  "One more by Roueche. 23 true stories of medical detection, including a death-dealing fog and a very nasty poisoner."
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The Family That Couldn't Sleep: A Medical Mystery
7.  The Family That Couldn't Sleep: A Medical Mystery by D. T. Max
The list author says:
  "A profound and fascinating overview of prion research to the present day, with a focus on Fatal Familial Insomnia (FFI).  Kuru and Mad Cow Disease also play starring roles."
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The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales
8.  The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks
The list author says:
  "The great neurologist writes of patients with bizarre disorders, including the musician who lost his ability to recognize faces--at least that's the way his problem started."
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The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World
9.  The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World by Steven Johnson
The list author says:
  "The last great cholera outbreak in London and how it was concluded.  Reads like a Charles Dickens novel about the seamy side of Victorian London."
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The Forgotten Plague: How the Battle Against Tuberculosis Was Won - And Lost
10.  The Forgotten Plague: How the Battle Against Tuberculosis Was Won - And Lost by Frank Ryan
The list author says:
  "Ryan, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Physicians and a Member of the New York Academy of Sciences, narrates the history of the search for a cure of this terrifying disease.  Unfortunately, the history of TB doesn't end with the cure."
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The Malaria Capers: Tales of Parasites and People
11.  The Malaria Capers: Tales of Parasites and People by Robert S. Desowitz
The list author says:
  "Dr. Desowitz leaves his readers with many 'cliff-hangers' in "The Malaria Capers" which is about the search for an effective vaccine against the parasitic protozoans that cause malaria and kala azar (visceral leishmaniasis)."
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New Guinea Tapeworms and Jewish Grandmothers: Tales of Parasites and People
12.  New Guinea Tapeworms and Jewish Grandmothers: Tales of Parasites and People by Robert S. Desowitz
The list author says:
  "Parasitologist and public health expert Robert Desowitz writes of his own cases as a medical detective, including the story of the Jewish grandmother who kept a kosher kitchen but contracted trichinosis."
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Body Signs: From Warning Signs to False Alarms...How to Be Your Own Diagnostic Detective
13.  Body Signs: From Warning Signs to False Alarms...How to Be Your Own Diagnostic Detective by Joan Liebmann-Smith
The list author says:
  "This book helps you be your own medical detective.  If you have symptoms that you are too embarrassed to mention to your doctor, "Body Signs" is a great place to look them up."
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The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of AIDS
14.  The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of AIDS by Elizabeth Pisani
The list author says:
  "This author not only has street smarts and a lively writing style, she also has a PhD in infectious disease epidemiology.  Elizabeth Pisani knows whereof she speaks, because she has spent years on the streets and in the dingy bars where AIDS futures are traded."
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The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years
15.  The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years by Sonia Shah
The list author says:
  "This book changed the way I perceive this disease and the methods that we use to prevent or alleviate it. It resembles a Swiftian satire as much as a medical history of malaria."
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E. A. Lovitt "starmoth" (Gladwin, MI USA)
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