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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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)."
"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."
"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."