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The Woman with a Worm in Her Head by Pamela Nagami
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Jun 29, 2007

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Recommended for: people who don't mind reading about gross medical stuff

This book is at its best when Dr. Nagami writes about her diagnostic process. When she does, the book reads like an excellent detective novel. Fortunately, this was most of the book. Unfortunately, she also attempts to squeeze in some ethical/spiritual discussions, such as the totally weird essay near the beginning where she describes a religious awakening she had after seeing the hand of a fetus during an abortion procedure. I'm not even sure what she was getting at, but I almost stopped reading right there. If you have any fascination for the human body or natural history, or you just like a good mystery, you'll probably enjoy most of this book. However, for more graceful writings on ethical and spiritual matters in medicine (plus lots of fascinating anatomy and science-ey stuff), try the essays of Richard Seltzer.

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