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Fatal Sequence: The Killer Within

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The human body is capable of killing itself for little apparent reason, and it happens often enough to rank as the third most common cause of death in the United States today. Kevin Tracey, a neurosurgeon, immunologist, and highly regarded scientist, offers in Fatal Sequence an easily understandable account of the medical and scientific "perfect storm" that is severe sepsi ...more
Hardcover, 238 pages
Published March 15th 2005 by Dana Press
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The subject of the book by Kevin Tracey is fascinating: severe sepsis
and septic shock are seldom mentioned yet the death rates of these
conditions are staggering: 30-70% and 20-35% respectively. Sepsis is
the second leading cause of death in non-coronary intensive care unit

Tracey starts the book's story with a case of an infant burn victim
who suffers first from septic shock then from severe sepsis. The
struggles of this patient became the motivation for author's later
research and the refra
This is a fascinating book. It begins with the case history of a little girl who was accidentally burned, and then details the author's work to try to understand exactly what had happened to the little girl and why. As someone with autoinflammatory conditions, I found it absolutely fascinating. Very well-written and very accessible.

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This book really held my interest since I lost a child to sepsis. It gave me a better understanding of what sepsis is. The author does a great job of explaining things at a lay person's level throughout most of the book, but towards the end when he was discussing research, I had to read things a couple of times to understand- and I have a beginning understanding of medical terminology. I do recommend this book to anyone that wants more information on sepsis.
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