The Deadly Dinner Party & Other Medical Detective Stories
Picking up where Berton Roueché’s The Medical Detectives left off, The Deadly Dinner Party presents fifteen edge-of-your-seat, real-life medical detective stories written by a practicing physician. Award-winning author Jonathan Edlow, M.D., shows the doctor as detective and the epidemiologist as elite sleuth in stories that are as gripping as the best thrillers.
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While the case studies were interesting, the writing did, on the whole, let the book down. The author had a tendency to outline the problems, hint or explain the issue quickly and then diverge into a history lesson about the bacterium/condition/additive/whatever in question before finally finishing up conclusion of the case study and final outcome.
For me, it just flattened everythin ...more
Or go outside.
Or even take a vitamin.
This book will straight up RUIN YOUR LIFE, but it is so goddamn good. Edlow hits just about every literary kink I have: snappy writing, educational (but interesting) asides, mysterious happenings, and just the right level of Gruesome Detail. Because each incident is a short vignette, it's easy to break up your reading - but to be honest, I fucking inhaled this book.
Recommend it to literally ever ...more
First, the author explained that he had a short attention span. Great! So do I. He summarized each of the following cases in the foreword with a brief one sentence summary. Great! (especially for going back to the case you want to review.) Second, it seems that he's an M.D. himself, practicing or n ...more
Overall it was well-written, I'll give it that, but it just w ...more
The only thing that could have made it more entertaining to read would have been a narrative like in a work of fiction, but that would have discredited the book's contents so I'm glad the author didn't do that. As is, an excellent book.
Really interesting medical cases: mysterious illnesses, symptoms seemingly without cause or relat ...more
In all seriousness, The Deadly Dinner Party is exactly how Berton Roueche would have approached the subjects covered here with the introduction of the patients and their sickness; the doctors who uncovered the medical mystery, the history behind the disease in question; the treatment and aftermath. Pure Roueche at ...more
And then there are the times when the situation is far gr ...more
And you might get nervous about what you're eating, especially bluefish (whatever they are). I had already read about Ty ...more
It was fascinating to read all aspects of the book--the cases, the working of the body, and the older cases.
Now I'm a bit more paranoid about contracti ...more
A lot of the virus hunter type books out there are just variations of the same events (for example, The Hot Zone and Virus Hunter are simple two different viewpoints of the same set of crisis), and there is also the issue of just how they are written. Some are very dr ...more
Chapter 3 Plesiomonas shigelloides Your fish tank can make you sick. Chapter 4 Pseudomonas aeruginosa Do not use loofas or anything else that doesn't dry out between bathings.
Chapter 5 E. coli Do not buy unpasteurized apple cider from a small cider operator.
Chapter 6 Tick paralysis Examine ...more
Following investigators with the Center of Disease Control & Prevention in some cases are called in when multiple similar cases arise which have all the hallmarks of an impendi ...more
The reason I couldn't finish it, however, is it made me afraid to eat, or breathe, or live. Life is scary coming from all the illnesses that are life threatening, and how instances of infection still crop up. Even though it's rare, the depth of description of how things are transmitted and how bacteria spread makes life terrifyi ...more
If you are any level of a hypochondriac though... there may be a few more things, like me, that you are paranoid about-- fish, put-lucks and loofas just to name a few-- but I am okay with that added awareness!
Dr. Edlow wrote the book to be an interesting read for people who are fami ...more
What I've learned:
1) It is not safe to eat processed foods.
2) It is not safe to eat unprocessed foods.
3) Other terrifying health hazards include swimming pools, tropical fish, hay, air-conditioned buildings, and, of course, ticks.
4) My long-standing conviction that sponges are gross has been justified. I'm right to not want to touch t ...more
I really expected so much more of this book than it was. Not to say it wasn't interesting, but it didn't live up to the 'medical detective' aspect. For the most part, the doctors had a strong suspicion of what the problem was right one, it just needed to be confirmed. Also, a lot of the stories were quite old (in the 80's). I liked it, but it fell short of my expectations.
I'd like an updated version considering the leaps and bounds medicine has taken in the past decade, and I wonder if some of these cases would have been solved more efficiently in today's hospitals.