Steffanie Strathdee

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Dr. Steffanie Strathdee is a Canadian-American infectious disease epidemiologist who received her doctoral training at the University of Toronto. She is Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences and Harold Simon Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Diego where she co-directs the new Center for Innovative Phage Applications and Therapeutics. Steffanie is married to Thomas L. Patterson, Professor of Psychiatry at UC San Diego, where they lead an HIV prevention research and training program on the Mexico-US border. Together, they co-authored The Perfect Predator, a medical memoir about Tom's life-threatening superbug infection which was cured with a hundred-year old forgotten cure-- phage therapy. In 2018, Steffanie was nam ...more

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Steffanie Strathdee My next book will be fiction -- THANK GOD! But it's about a infectious disease epidemiologist, like me, who is trying to prevent the next viral pandem…moreMy next book will be fiction -- THANK GOD! But it's about a infectious disease epidemiologist, like me, who is trying to prevent the next viral pandemic. Think "Hot Zone" but with a woman scientist who has her own private demons she has to tackle before she can take on the planet's.(less)
Steffanie Strathdee I carry around little scraps of paper --in my purse, briefcase, on my night-stand -- and whenever I get an idea, I scribble it down. When I get writer…moreI carry around little scraps of paper --in my purse, briefcase, on my night-stand -- and whenever I get an idea, I scribble it down. When I get writer's block, I nibble at these nuggets and usually this helps me crack the nut!(less)
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One of the aspects of our story that has received less attention is that we enlisted the help of a psychic and a healer when Tom was gravely ill. They both played an unusual but important role in supporting me, Tom and our family as his life hung in the balance.

For the first time, Tom and I wre joined by psychic-intuitive counselor, Robert Lindsy-Milne, to discuss his role in Tom's recovery in th Read more of this blog post »
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The Perfect Predator by Steffanie Strathdee
"I purchased this book on Kindle in 2020 but just finished reading it. The author was on the podcast "Shortwave" on NPR which spurred me to put it at the top of my reading list. I am an infectious diseases physician (career Navy) and an epidemiologist" Read more of this review »
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"Whoa. This book details the wild ride of an epidemiologist and her husband, who falls seriously ill. She launches a search for a way to control the antibiotic-resistant bacteria that is attacking his organs. And she succeeds. Scientific but not overl" Read more of this review »
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"Is it a little dark to read a book about an antibiotic-resistance super bug during a global pandemic - probably? But is there also comfort to be gained in that against all odds, the author’s dedication, extensive research, and the coming together of " Read more of this review »
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"Very interesting medical story and during a pandemic it was nice to see a virus as a good guy for once! Lotsa info so need to be able to be focused when reading. "
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" Thx for your great review Alicia! The paperback version of The Perfect Predator will be published Nov 10 and has a discussion guide in the back. In th ...more "
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“A wise person once said, "The most important two days in your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why.”
Steffanie Strathdee, The Perfect Predator: A Scientist's Race to Save Her Husband from a Deadly Superbug: A Memoir

“It's no joke that hospitals are now often referred to as the worst place to get well. Superbugs are looking out the hospital windows, licking their chops at the feast that awaits them in this era of superbugs without borders.”
Steffanie Strathdee, The Perfect Predator: A Scientist's Race to Save Her Husband from a Deadly Superbug: A Memoir

“Mayhem in the body expresses itself in the mind.”
Steffanie Strathdee, The Perfect Predator: A Scientist's Race to Save Her Husband from a Deadly Superbug: A Memoir

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