EBOOK / KINDLE [Deadly Outbreaks] By Alexandra M. Levitt
L for me but even if I only got 85% of the content that s still 85% information than I had before reading this book Ch 1 Dead Crows Falling from the Sky describes how in 1999 teams of medical detectives worked separately on a spike of mysterious deaths in the boroughs of NYC In ueens a number of older adults who had spent significant time outdoors died of encephaliti A fascinating insight into how epidemiologists solve medical mysteries The case studies were interesting and very informative the scientific methods used were described very clearly However I didn t like how the author ept dropping tidbits about the doctors and patients every now and then when reading a book like this I like facts of how the answer solution was derived everything else just distracts from the case being presented As the subtitle suggests Deadly Outbreaks is all about medical mysteries For suspicious cases where multiple patients die or fall ill and the reason is unknown epidemiologists are often called in to help determine the cause Some of these investigations are retrospective but many reuire clever deduction to take place uickly in order to prevent people from becoming sickThe true stories included in Deadly Outbreaks were all interesting and all very different Although the first story gave away the ending too early all of the others had me reading uickly to find out what happened next I am extremely interested in the intersection of biology and math so the clever way epidemiologists used the data to solve problems and save lives made this my The Touch kind of book However some flaws in the writingept this from being the riveting narrative non fiction story it had the potential to beTwo things in particular struck me as off about the writing but I did have an ARC so it s possible these will be fixed before the book goes to print In my copy the tone of the book was very clinical When we learned about the people involved in each case the sections introducing them made me feel like someone was reading a resume at me A few personal details were thrown in but even these just felt factual There were also too many details For instance the first case wrap up includes a listing of which borough in NYC the patients were from Information like this was far less interesting than the main story and slowed the pace of the whole bookThe science was the other big problem In some cases many scientific details were thrown in that even as someone in science I didn t find interesting the size of a particular gene for example Often these asides weren t explained well enough that someone without a science background would get anything out of them These bits were really asides so if you have no science background you could easily read this book and skip them without being confused They didn t however serve a useful purpose Although I ve spent a while on the bad bits I don t mean to suggest this wasn t an enjoyable read The stories were so interesting they basically speak for themselves so if you have an interest in medical mysteries this is a book I d recommend This review first published on Doing Dewey. Here she shares insider accounts she’s collected that go behind the alarming headlines we’ve seen in the media mysterious food poisonings unexplained deaths at a children’s hospital a strange neurologic disease afflicting slaughterhouse workers flocks of birds dropping dead out of the sky and drug resistant malaria running rampant in a refugee camp Meet the resourceful investigators doctors veterinarians and research scientists and discover the truth behind these cases and.
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EBOOK / KINDLE Deadly Outbreaks By Alexandra M. Levitt
Although this book deals with a subject which I find endlessly fascinating I must conclude it was a disappointment The writing is uninspired and sloppy Perhaps the author would have benefited from a co author with varied and interesting prose style or at least a On His Majestys Service keen eyed editor One glaring mess that stand out in my mind is when a patient with Hanta virus is described as going into cardiac arrest and shock Pretty sure that should be the other way around which I assume the authornows Unfortunately careless errors like that make it hard to lend much credenceIf you do read this book for the love of god skip the audio version Narrated by Julie McKay it is delivered like an instruction manual for assembling furniture She spells out abbreviations and acronyms constantly U S A M R I I D instead of utilizing common pronunciations Her pronunciation of medical terminology leaves a lot to be desired These things may sound nit picky but anyone who reads a lot of audiobooks Different Class knows that a narrator can make or break a bookThere are many interesting books on epidemiology this is just not one of them Beating Back the Devil by Maryn McKenna is a much better book dealing with EIS and Spillover by David uammen is a really engaging read dealing specifically with diseases that cross over from animal reservoirs I would recommend both of those a hundred times over Deadly Outbreaks There are chapters in this book that read like exciting detective stories numerous victims of an unknown serialiller confusing clues in unexpected places a giant jigsaw puzzle to sort through determined investigators Thrilling stuff However Chapter 6 The Red Mist is one of the most disgusting tales I have ever read It follows a search through processing plants for pork products Enough said Explores the medical mysteries behind identifying the avian flu Legionnaire s Disease the hantavirus in New Mexico and several other some still unsolved disease outbreaks Sort of like Bones and CSI in real life It s scary how many brilliant people in differing fields need to work together to discover some of the causalities Interesting book but I would have liked science and victim stories and less background on the scientists Seven chapters Seven disease investigations by public health services Seven lessons learned1 Dead Crows Falling From the Sky Lesson Human health care working with veterinary health care to find answers2 The McConnon Strain Lesson The Importance of talking to the locals at an outbreak to find information3 Sorrow Statistics Lesson The importance of data4 Obsession or Inspiration Lesson Investigation is a combination of sooo many things In this case data collection correlations elimination factors control studies with non sick locals and other illnesses sample collections A huge puzzle and the inspiration one person can have that finds the missing piece5 Dangerous Desserts Lesson When it comes to food ALL the production elements need to be accounted for from beginning to end product Also the importance of publishing findings so others can learn from the case6 The Red Mist Lesson Always new Despite advances in health care infectious microbes continue to be a formidable adversary to scientists and doctors Vaccines and antibiotics the mainstays of modern medicine have not been able to conuer infectious microbes because of their amazing ability to adapt evolve and spread to new places Terrorism aside one of the greatest dangers from infectious disease we face today is from a massive outbreak of drug resistant microbes Deadly Outbreaks recounts the scientific adventure.
Orms of dispersal of an infectious agent7 A Normal Spring Lesson Old World Diseases eep reappearing in new forms in new locations across the globeI found the book interesting to read full of brilliant people committed to making a difference ScienceThrillerscom review Dr Alexandra Levitt narrates the true stories of seven medical mysteries solved by field epidemiologists investigators for the CDC s Epidemic Intelligence Service These stories demonstrate the importance danger and excitement of public health efforts to understand infectious disease outbreaks and other disease clusters Levitt unashamedly admits that one goal of this book is to inspire young people to consider careers in public healthOn that count Deadly Outbreaks succeeds Put this book in the hands of a high schooler who already is thinking about a STEM career and you might make a convertPersonally I love this stuff Several of these stories I d heard before the Sin Nombre virus Legionnaire s Disease but I was delighted to read in detail about the scientistphysiciandetectives who actually were on the ground in the center of these outbreaks trying to assemble the nowledge needed to stop the deaths Most of the tales were new to me and carried a lot of emotional impact Babies dying in a Canadian hospital Laborers paralyzed by work in a pig slaughterhouseThis is a fascinating book easy to read in one chapter pieces perfect for the bedside table It s competently written but it lacks the narrative genius of a Malcolm Gladwell or Mary Roach popular science book It also has a fair amount of real science in it Thus I recommend this book for people who like science especially microbiology but it might not appeal to readers who do not have a pre existing interest in the subject matter Excellent read and provides important information as to what our public health officials deal with investigate and eliminate threats to us on a regular basis Yes there are scientific terms but it is very readable and you do not need to be a scientist to enjoy and learn from this book If nothing else provides meaningful context to the current pandemic affecting our world We should celebrate our public health officials I have always really enjoyed medical books and this is a pretty good one I found it refreshing that Dr Levitt did such a good job showcasing the scientists that worked so hard to improve public health It was nice to see these people get some credit for their work Also it was very interesting to see some of the less exotic cases of disease outbreaks in America it really drives home the point that many of these outbreaks are caused by modern human intervention on the environment Overall though the style writing is a little clunky but that is the be expected Alexandra Levitt is a doctor not a writer In addition to this book I would recommend David uammen s Spillover David uammen is a great medical writer and fans of this book should check his out as well I remember reading news stories about half of these outbreaks so it s interesting to read about the work of epidemiologists At times it got a little technica. S of a special group of intrepid individuals who investigate these outbreaks around the world and figure out how to stop them Part homicide detective part physician these medical investigators must view the problem from every angle exhausting every possible source of contamination Any data gathered in the field must be stripped of human sorrows and carefully analyzed into hard statisticsAuthor Dr Alexandra Levitt is an expert on emerging diseases and other public health threats.