Epidemiology in Tijuana: Drugs, Death, and Tracing an Epidemic

Book review: City of Omens, by Dan Werb (Amazon / Book Depository) Perhaps epidemiology could reveal the hidden structures lurking just beyond reach, like asbestos behind wallpaper. Those structures might manifest as cruel calamities - car crashes, murders, HIV infections - that at face value appear unrelated. If that were the case, these women were... Continue Reading →

Narrative Nonfiction Classic on Ebola’s Origins

Book review: The Hot Zone, by Richard Preston (Amazon / Book Depository) Nature is anything but simple. This emerging virus was like a bat crossing the sky at evening. Just when you thought you saw it flicker through your field of view, it was gone. Richard Preston's 1994 bestseller about the origins of Ebolavirus and... Continue Reading →

A Life-Saving Medical Treatment, Both Cutting-Edge and Historical, Succeeds Where All Else Failed

Book review: The Perfect Predator, by Steffanie Strathdee and Thomas Patterson (Amazon / Book Depository) In November 2015, globetrotting epidemiologist Steffanie Strathdee was on vacation with her husband, psychologist and psychiatry professor Tom Patterson, exploring pyramids in Egypt when Tom fell suddenly and violently ill. They initially suspected food poisoning, but it quickly became clear... Continue Reading →

Put Down the Perfume

Book review: The Case Against Fragrance, by Kate Grenville (Amazon) Australian novelist Kate Grenville had a problem. On book tours, she began suffering crippling headaches and other intense symptoms that she eventually deduced were connected to scents. She realized she was highly intolerant to artificial scents and fragranced products. Scent is certainly everywhere. Even if... Continue Reading →

Biography of a Hospital

Book review: Bellevue, by David Oshinsky (Amazon / Book Depository) Pulitzer-prize winning journalist David Oshinsky writes a comprehensive, readable history of New York City's legendary┬ápublic hospital, which along the way becomes a slice of social history of the city itself and an outline of the development of American medical practices as well. The name alone... Continue Reading →

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