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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 Distinguished Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Diego where she co-directs the Center for Innovative Phage Applications and Therapeutics. Steff is married to Thomas L. Patterson, Professor of Psychiatry at UC San Diego, where they lead an HIV prevention research program on the Mexico-US border. Together, they co-authored their memoir, The Perfect Predator, a medical thriller about Tom's life-threatening superbug infection which was cured with a hundred-year old forgotten cure-- phage therapy. In 2018, Steffani ...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
"A stirring recount of the resilence and persistence of a couples battle against a super-bug. The future of our Healthcare may well be indebted to their willingness to risk it all and the teamwork and commitment of so many scientists to pursue an old " Read more of this review »
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"One of the best books I've ever read.. fascinating from a biological point of view and reads like a thriller novel"
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"Ok, as a scientist who studies infectious diseases, this was a no brainer for me to read. However, I think the author does a great job at explaining things in layman terms so that everyone can understand what is happening, why phage therapy is import" Read more of this review »
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"I don't normally read non fiction but this was recommended by a coworker and I found it totally engrossing. Since I work in the clinical trials field a lot of the material was relevant to me. It was well written, even though the outcome was known bef" Read more of this review »
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“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

“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

“Everybody knows that pestilences have a way of recurring in the world; yet somehow we find it hard to believe in ones that crash down on our heads from a blue sky. There have been as many plagues as wars in history; yet always plagues and wars take people equally by surprise. —Albert Camus, The Plague”
Steffanie Strathdee, The Perfect Predator: A Scientist's Race to Save Her Husband from a Deadly Superbug: A Memoir

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