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Medical Detectives

E. A. Lovitt "starmoth"
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
Microbe Hunters
"Paul de Kruif writes passionately about the pioneering work of scientists as Leeuwenhoek, Koch, Pasteur, Reed, and Ehrlich.  Perhaps 'the' classic in this field."
Rats, Lice, and History: A Chronicle of Pestilence and Plagues
Rats, Lice, and History: A Chronicle of Pestilence and Plagues
"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."
The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History
The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History
"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."
The Medical Detectives (Truman Talley)
The Medical Detectives (Truman Talley)
"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.'"
Eleven Blue Men: 12 Startling Stories of Medical Detection- Unlike Anything You've Read Before...
Eleven Blue Men: 12 Startling Stories of Medical Detection- Unlike Anything You've Read Before...
"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."
The Medical Detectives Volume 2
The Medical Detectives Volume 2
"One more by Roueche. 23 true stories of medical detection, including a death-dealing fog and a very nasty poisoner."
The Family That Couldn't Sleep: A Medical Mystery
The Family That Couldn't Sleep: A Medical Mystery
"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."
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales
"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."
The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World
The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World
"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."
The Forgotten Plague: How the Battle Against Tuberculosis Was Won - And Lost
The Forgotten Plague: How the Battle Against Tuberculosis Was Won - And Lost
"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."
The Malaria Capers: Tales of Parasites and People
The Malaria Capers: Tales of Parasites and People
"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)."
New Guinea Tapeworms and Jewish Grandmothers: Tales of Parasites and People
New Guinea Tapeworms and Jewish Grandmothers: Tales of Parasites and People
"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."
Body Signs: From Warning Signs to False Alarms...How to Be Your Own Diagnostic Detective
Body Signs: From Warning Signs to False Alarms...How to Be Your Own Diagnostic Detective
"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."
The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of AIDS
The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of AIDS
"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."
The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years
The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years
"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."