The Woman with a Worm in Her Head: And Other True Stories of Infectious Disease
A normal, healthy woman becomes host to a pork tapeworm that is burrowing into her brain and disabling her motor abilities. A handsome man contracts Chicken Pox and ends up looking like the victim of a third degree burn. A vigorous young athlete is bitten by an insect and becomes a target for... show more
A normal, healthy woman becomes host to a pork tapeworm that is burrowing into her brain and disabling her motor abilities. A handsome man contracts Chicken Pox and ends up looking like the victim of a third degree burn. A vigorous young athlete is bitten by an insect and becomes a target for flesh-eating strep.Even the most innocuous everyday activities such as eating a salad for lunch, getting bitten by an insect, and swimming in the sea bring human beings into contact with dangerous, often deadly microorganisms. In The Woman with a Worm in Her Head, Dr. Pamela Nagami reveals-through real-life cases-the sobering facts about some of the world's most horrific diseases: the warning signs, the consequences, treatments, and most compellingly, what it feels like to make medical and ethical decisions that can mean the difference between life and death.Unfailingly precise, calmly instructive, and absolutely engrossing, The Woman with the Worm in Her Head offers both useful information and enjoyable reading.
Publish date: December 6th 2002
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
Even though I am not in the medical field, I could not put this book down! I loved all the little stories of various medical conundrums and how the doctors figured out each one like a puzzle.
Interesting read through various infectious disease cases. Not sure what the target audience was - as a Dr it was interesting but didn't contain new information (though that might be because close friends were overly interested in parasites and infectious diseases); if I'd read it without a medical ...
Oh man, now this looks like a "real" horror anthology!