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The Woman with a Worm in Her Head: And Other True Stories of Infectious Disease

The Woman with a Worm in Her Head And Other True Stories of Infectious Disease As a bugs and drugs doc Pamela Nagami has seen some of the worst diseases known to humankind flesh eating strep parasitic worms that zigzag through the brain and AIDS the biggest infectious diseas

  • Title: The Woman with a Worm in Her Head: And Other True Stories of Infectious Disease
  • Author: Pamela Nagami F. González-Crussí
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  • Page: 339
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • As a bugs and drugs doc, Pamela Nagami has seen some of the worst diseases known to humankind flesh eating strep, parasitic worms that zigzag through the brain, and AIDS, the biggest infectious disease emergency around Some of the infections profiled in Maneater can smolder for years before rearing up and killing their unsuspecting human host others seem innocuous, liAs a bugs and drugs doc, Pamela Nagami has seen some of the worst diseases known to humankind flesh eating strep, parasitic worms that zigzag through the brain, and AIDS, the biggest infectious disease emergency around Some of the infections profiled in Maneater can smolder for years before rearing up and killing their unsuspecting human host others seem innocuous, like chickenpox, which can nevertheless devastate a body Others, like malaria, travel from other countries, but equally dangerous microbes live in American soil, just waiting to be disturbed by a backhoe or a runner and inhaled in a single breath These indelible dispatches from the frontlines of infectious disease reveal the danger lurking in everything from salads to the air we breathe, the heroic actions of doctors faced with these bizarre cases on a daily basis, and the limits of medical miracles Like a detective unraveling a crime scene, Nagami shows us how the most innocuous actions can hurt us, or save our lives Lesley Reed

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    1. “It started four days ago, on Monday. I felt a little tired…”Andy, the person quoted above, didn’t realize that on his business trip to Cote d’Ivoire the week before, he’d caught a pretty nasty virus—one that would cause him to narrowly escape death. Fortunately, he’d walked into the right hospital, and into the care of Dr. Pamela Nagami, a medical “Columbo” of her field—infectious diseases. “Often I work like a detective, sifting through the evidence other doctors give m [...]

    2. When I finished reading this was left with the reminder that although I may not have a perfect body it is perfectly healthy. A blessing so easily overlooked until things go wrong.This collection of infectious disease cases was a nice book to dip in and out of. I liked this but didn’t LOVE it. I think it’s very difficult to strike the perfect balance between writing about medicine within the framework of an author’s personal life. This one felt slightly off balance to me. Sometimes sharing [...]

    3. Please do not read this book if you are a hypochondriac in any way. If you don't, you'll believe you are dying from some crazy microbe or virus or worm every time you get sick. I agree with other reviewers that this book is more of a memoir than a straight accounting of various potentially fatal diseases. But I felt that it added to the story, to see how doctors really are human too, though we expect so much from them. It also points out how falsely confident Americans tend to be regarding disea [...]

    4. First off, a disclaimer.Do NOT read this book if you're a hypochondriac, otherwise you'll think you're developing all of the symptoms you're reading about.I liked the different case studies the author wrote about, however, I was a bit put off by the flashbacks, as they ended up being kind of boring, and I swear in one chapter that there was a flashback inside a flashback where I felt like I was watching the movie "Inception"Some of the jargon is on a technical level, but is more or less explaine [...]

    5. A collection of an Infectious Disease Specialist's stories and encounters over the past twenty years of her work in the field. Her descriptions of the illnesses and the progression thereof are brilliant and clinical. Sometimes, she gets a little overbearing in trying to afford something spiritual to the medical cases (i.e. A scene in her residency involving a fetus's hand and seeing 'the work of God', not exactly my bag.) I will never eat salad in a foreign country. Gah.

    6. "The Woman with a Worm in her Head" is a clearly and elegantly written account of Dr Nagami's career as an infectious diseases specialist. Her stories of treatments and outcomes are as gripping and full of incident as good detective fiction (though infused with more humanity). But my general ignorance and too fleeting retention of the medical and scientific details had me taking a break half way through. When I took up the book from the beginning again, I was determined to keep alert and to Goog [...]

    7. I have a deep fascination with medicine, disease, parasites, and pretty much any related subject. In an alternate version of the world, I might have been a doctor of some sort, if I hadn't been diverted into computers in high school. This kind of book gives me a vicarious look into what that alternate life might have been like, and what a powerful glimpse. Nagami gives personal, detailed narratives around various cases, and I love every one of them. Even when she detoured into her personal life [...]

    8. I've mentioned before that I'm a huge fan of the medical case report genre. I do not believe it is solely my fandom that resulted in my rave review, however. This author truly has a way with words. I was honestly tearing up at several points as I read about her terribly sick patients and the feelings stirred up as she cared for them. The scientist in me was gleeful at the vivid descriptions and plentiful background information on the various pathogens. I highly recommend this one!

    9. Interesting medical cases are presented in layman's terms in this book and are written in such a way as to make every case really "hit home." Each chapter is written to tell the medical details of each case, as well as how each case affected the author personally (i.e. how the case affected her time at home with her children). The author also provides symptoms of and helpful hints about how to avoid getting certain diseases/parasites.

    10. I went through this book very fast (didn't get around to writing the review though). It was fascinating. Nagami is an infectious disease doctor in Los Angeles and in this book, she writes about some of her cases. She writes well, drawing her readers into these patient's lives, and how the doctors desperately try to find treatment to save them. These are all cases of diseases that people mostly got here in the United States. Sometimes we think we are protected from infectious diseases in this cou [...]

    11. This was a great book to fully understand what an infectious disease doctor goes through at work from day to day. The book was helpful in sharing the symptoms of common bacterial and viral infections and the havoc that these sometimes benign organisms (viruses are not technically organisms but work as one by using the host's DNA/RNA replication machinery) can wreak on the human body. I was unaware of the danger of not having had chicken pox as a childat story was painful and scary. The job of an [...]

    12. This is a really cool book written by Dr. Paula Nagami, who is an infectious disease specialist in California. Each chapter focuses on a particularly interesting/difficult case she was faced with, and together the chapters tell the story of her development as a doctor. This book was one of the things that really got me into wanting to go to med school. I think anyone who's pre-med would particularly enjoy it, but others would probably find it interesting, too. But be warned as you might have gue [...]

    13. Medical, sciencey, and super gross. I was absolutely fascinated. I question reading before bed though, unless you want visions of pork tapeworms burrowing through your head.

    14. Yikes! I highly recommend this fascinating and terrifying read! The chapters about the horrors of cocci and how deadly chicken pox can be for an adult will give you nightmares.

    15. A book for fans of the show HouseThe writing isn't in the best style, but she is an amazing story teller. I muttered, "holy shit" more than once while reading it.

    16. Had a bit of a slow start but it was worth it, all the stories are so interesting and told by one doctor through out the whole book. Definitely a good read.

    17. The Woman with a Worm in Her Head: And Other True Stories of Infectious DiseaseBy Pamela Nagami M.D F. Gonzalez-CrussiIt’s become obvious to me that the more I enjoy reading a book, the faster I write the review — hence my writing this review a few weeks after finishing the book.The Woman with a Worm in Her Head: And Other True Stories of Infectious Disease was well-written and quite interesting, but it left me confused as to what I was reading. Was I reading a book about Dr Nagami or was I [...]

    18. "I've seen the way tissue killed by gas-producing bacteria crackles under the finger like a ball of cellophane. I know the smell of a staph infection (mousy, musty, rancid), and how to see the gaps that tell me there's a parasite living in your brain: gaps in words you want to say, gaps in a movement of your hand, gaps in your gait.""Just beyond the fear is the fascination of solving the mystery of a sudden illness that's tearing its way through a body. I can't save all my patients, but I have n [...]

    19. Woman with a Worm in Her Head I love reading this genre. It is gritty, real and informative. The book started well, then slowed before the next medical case. While sharing medical diagnoses, treatments, progress and results the book is fascinating. The book is not for faint of heart. It can be a little gory. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

    20. The author is an infectious disease expert and each chapter in this book covers a particular patient of hers. My first impression of the author was somewhat negative. I mean, the book was well-written and all, I just didn't like her personally. First, it would appear that the first time anyone working with her knows that the patient is crawling with an airborne, highly contagious face-melting jungle disease is when the doctor walks in the room covered in a level four biohazard suit. She never te [...]

    21. Beautifully written, for a book on such a harrowing subject. I felt sometimes as if she thought she had to justify her work/ family balance because of the inevitable criticism of working mothers, regardless of all the good they do in the world. But that aspect also showed the real life circumstances of working around infectious disease while maintaining ones own humanity. A wonderful book, in spite of the "ick" factor.

    22. So fascinating! Once I found the time to sit down and really get into the book I wasn't able to put it down. I definitely pushed many responsibilities to the side to get in more time reading this. This book is a sobering reminder that we humans are not at the top of the food chain like we tend to believe. Most of us see these types of illnesses and thing that it will never happen to us but Dr. Nagami reminds us that her patients are everyday average people like you and me. Even with modern medic [...]

    23. Oh man, these books make me sad. Mainly because this (an infectious disease specialist) was what I wanted to be. I would have done it, too - except for the poverty and the dyscalculia and people telling me I was too stupid and that I'd failwell, I'll never know now, will I? Sigh. I guess reading books like these is my consolation prize. This book was fascinating, of course - I'd never even heard of cocci, which makes me wonder if there are any here (side eyes forest across the street). My only p [...]

    24. This book was absolutely fascinating to me, albeit scary and/or depressing at times. It was really interesting to read from the perspective of a doctor who specializes in infectious diseases and has been practicing so long. She kept journals, so she was able to speak with a fair bit of detail about the past. I was interested in reading about HIV and AIDS coming into the consciousness of the medical community, and their reactions to it. I also was interested in some of the more strange invaders o [...]

    25. If you were a fan of "The Deadly Dinner Parties" then you will really enjoy this book. Dr. Nagami shares her experiences as an Infectious Disease doctor in a fascinating medical read while also weaving in her own process. From a deadly case of chicken pox in which the patient's skin and organs basically ooze and wither off away, to a vegetarian who ends up with a pork tapeworm lodged in her brain over her speech center, the author had me glued to each page and up all night reading to see hat hap [...]

    26. This book is at its best when Dr. Nagami writes about her diagnostic process. When she does, the book reads like an excellent detective novel. Fortunately, this was most of the book. Unfortunately, she also attempts to squeeze in some ethical/spiritual discussions, such as the totally weird essay near the beginning where she describes a religious awakening she had after seeing the hand of a fetus during an abortion procedure. I'm not even sure what she was getting at, but I almost stopped readin [...]

    27. Very digestible, not for hypochondriacs!Interesting medical stories with a good sense of mystery and a strong human element. Reading this was like if Lifetime made a show like House where instead of being a drug-addicted misanthrope the main character just had a lot of mundane family-related subplots.I'm more of a House guy myself, but reading the stories in this book gave me a better understanding of infectious diseases with more of an accompanying sense of empathy towards individuals so afflic [...]

    28. The author of this book says "my hope in writing this book is not to create unnecessary fear" Well, good luck with that; there's some seriously scary-ass stuff in here!Yet, this is a fascinating book and one that I could not stop reading. I love exploring weird medical stuff, so this was right up my alley. The stories were great (each chapter discusses a different strange medical condition) and the book is well written. The author admits to a certain amount of detachment--necessary to be this ty [...]

    29. I like reading about brains so the title of this book morbidly intrigued me. The author also describes other of her cases relating to different regions of the body. I didn't like how she sometimes down-played her skill - a person can't be slow-witted if graduating from Yale University School of Medicine. I did like how she described her efforts to be a good Mom to her two children while having such a demanding job (her husband is a medical doctor too). And of course her patients' illnesses were [...]

    30. Amazing how defenseless humans actually are.By trade I'm an NP, so I picked this book out of an interest in medicine. I also have a keen interest in infectious disease as a specialty - "drugs and bugs" fascinate me. Here, Dr. Nagami has presented several patients with diseases and microbes ranging from the common to the rare. It's very readable for both someone with a medical background and the layperson whose only experience is as the patient. You'll never think about salad or chicken pox the s [...]

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