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The Deadly Dinner Party: and Other Medical Detective Stories By Jonathan A. Edlow The Deadly Dinner Party and Other Medical Detective Stories Picking up where Berton Rouech 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 Awar
  • Title: The Deadly Dinner Party: and Other Medical Detective Stories
  • Author: Jonathan A. Edlow
  • ISBN: 9780300125580
  • Page: 296
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Deadly Dinner Party: and Other Medical Detective Stories By Jonathan A. Edlow Picking up where Berton Rouech 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.In these stPicking up where Berton Rouech 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.In these stories a notorious stomach bug turns a suburban dinner party into a disaster that almost claims its host a diminutive woman routinely eats than her football playing boyfriend but continually loses weight a young executive is diagnosed with lung cancer, yet the tumors seem to wax and wane inexplicably Written for the lay person who wishes to better grasp how doctors decipher the myriad clues and puzzling symptoms they often encounter, each story presents a very different case where doctors must work to find the accurate diagnosis before it is too late Edlow uses his unique ability to relate complex medical concepts in a writing style that is clear, engaging and easily understandable The resulting stories both entertain us and teach us much about medicine, its history and the subtle interactions among pathogens, humans, and the environment.
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    1. I found this in the library by chance I like a scientific medical mystery book of this kind, so I brought it home.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 everything, [...]


    2. This is the best book that ever made me never want to eat again.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 everyone, be [...]


    3. What made this book great to read was how easy it was to understand the author I never read the original Medical Detectives but thought as this book came later that it would have updated info 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 not, he never goes [...]


    4. Enjoyable read for folks who like a good medical whodunit, however, it suffers from the short comings of Edlow as a writer At times awkward and prone to an abundance of digression, Edlow does get round to telling the story of each medical case, but he has difficultly maintaining the thread of tension that would turn such dramas from merely interesting to downright riveting.


    5. People who tend to think scientifically, either through formal training or by personal inclination, like formulae Dr Jonathan Edlow is on the staff of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and is a professor at the Harvard Medical School He thinks scientifically which partly explains why his book is written in an highly formulaic fashion Each of fifteen chapters is constructed similarly 1 A sympathetic patient is introduced, with a puzzling medical condition, which a doctor or doctors s [...]


    6. The summary of this book really put too much emphasis on how thrilling it would be While a decent read, the stories do drag on a little and I found myself getting bored a lot It ended up being less mystery and medical history than I thought it would be Edlow seems to talk just for the sake of talking at times He explains things that I don t really see as relevant or important, leaving me lost and waiting to get to the point.Overall it was well written, I ll give it that, but it just wasn t as g [...]


    7. This book by Dr Jonathan Edlow is the result of combining great mysteries with great medicine The author, in his preface, talks about his lifelong fascination with The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and it seems only right that he should find a unique way to combine both his love of whodunits with his love of medicine The case studies in this book are diverse some deal with pathogens being introduced into the body and some are interestingly about health habits which turn out to be not so healthy [...]


    8. This is a book that hit 4 out of 5 highlights for me 1 mystery 2 life or death situations 3 resolution to the problems presented, and 4 interesting facts details.The only thing that could have made it 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 relation, rare v [...]


    9. The Deadly Dinner Party and Other Medical Detective Stories by Jonathan A Edlow, M.D is a true worthy successor to Berton Roueche Accept no substitutes This book is the real deal 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 his fine [...]


    10. Last, each of these miniature mysteries had all the elements of any good story plot, character, and setting The writing placed the reader in the midst of the investigation, just like Dr Watson, the sidekick to Holmes So the author explains his love for Berton Roueche s The Medical Detectives Unfortunately, the writing in The Deadly Dinner Party is weak to non existant on all three counts I mean, technically they re all there, ish, but the prose is such that it s really hard to notice or care eve [...]


    11. Stopped reading halfway through This book sucks The medical mysteries are all boring and decades old The author sidetracks a lot to even boring and irrelevant topics He s not a very good writer Skip this unless you have insomnia



    12. No one likes being sick All too often many people move through their day only to realize, later on or even right from the moment they wake up that something isn t quite right In many cases, it s a minor, easily treatable thing that eating or taking some over the counter medicine can easily counteract Other times, it s not quite so easy to treat, but nothing that a day in with some bed rest won t cure a fever, perhaps, or a migraine And then there are the times when the situation is far graver co [...]


    13. Stories about real life medical mysteries are fleshed out with the history of the illness or diagnosis Someone gets sick from ingesting something, something trying to ingest them, or the environment It shows how important OSHA is rather than just Nanny State Gone Mad Consider how much lost work time has been caused by going to work and inhaling some invisible contaminant And you might get nervous about what you re eating, especially bluefish whatever they are I had already read about Typhoid Mar [...]


    14. Gimme I picked this up from the library as an after thought but found myself really diving into this book that was my bread and butter medical mysteries with poisonings, bacteria and various drama abound


    15. Edlow examines about ten 20th 21st century medical mysteries and explains them by doing two thing 1 providing a lot of detail about the case itself and 2 broadly discussing the context of the case by explaining the workings of the body, the nature of the disease or poison, and discussing related cases particularly the first recorded cases 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 paranoid about contracting a disease [...]


    16. fun book lots of medical detective cases, appropriate for lunchtime reading well, if deadly food doesn t put you off yours



    17. A very readable book I picked up after I read Hot Zone I m fascinated by this kind of stuff plagues, pandemics, etc, from a historical point of view, but also because they beat any horror novel out there when it comes down to it.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 dry rea [...]


    18. Chapter 1, Botulism Reheat your food thoroughly before you eat it Chapter 2 Typhoid People from other countries can have it and be carriers It makes me wonder if eating in a restaurant is such a great idea 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 your [...]


    19. Just when you thought it was safe to drink milk, fresh apple cider, soak in a hot tub at a resort, or even work in your office, this set of medical emergencies which leave doctors scratching their heads Taken from true cases, with just the identities of the patients changed, these stories read like episodes of House 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 impending epide [...]


    20. The book starts off with guests getting very ill after a dinner party Well, dinner party is a bit too fancy of a term It was like a dad scrounged together some grub from the fridge and served it to some teens and their parents who happened to stop by Anyway, the usual suspects of meat and cheese are ruled out before the doctor traces the sickness to the garlic oil used on garlic bread Botchulism occurs naturally in the ground and sometimes garlic can catch it, so the message to me is that you s [...]


    21. A very good book overall, the stories are compelling, and the histories utterly fascinating The writing makes the science and ideas extremely accessible and interesting.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 terrifying [...]


    22. The Deadly Dinner Party was a very fascinating read It is easy to pick up and put down because there are 15 independent stories Some of them I found to e interesting than others, but overall they were great.If you are any level of a hypochondriac though there may be a few 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 familiar with medicine an [...]


    23. If you are a fan of the TV series House, this book may interest you and even if you are not, and are just interested in medical diagnostics, this is a good book to read It is all about medical detective work, with an easy to follow writing style No medical jargon, so the lay person can understand and appreciate Each chapter presents a patient with certain symptoms and then the author goes about telling the story as to how they got diagnosed and sometimes misdiagnosed Included, is a short history [...]


    24. This interesting book was a collection of short stories, each detailing the events surrounding odd patient symptoms and their subsequent diagnoses Each chapter contained its own story, which was a nice change from a typical novel The author covers a range of mysteries including vitamin toxicity to the water conditions in a hot tub I thought it was very interesting The author also provided a history of medicine throughout the book At times it added to the story and context and at other times it w [...]


    25. If you are a med student, or have an interest in the field, this book might be really exciting for you I enjoyed many elements of this book, and found some of the cases fascinating If you re not really interested in the field, though, large chunks will get pretty boring, and I found myself skimming a lot The author likes to interrupt each case with a thorough and lengthy history of various diagnoses, even if they end up being mistaken, and the culprit turns out to be something different which is [...]


    26. I really enjoyed this It is, as described in the extended title, a collection of medical mysteries Even though I work in the medical field, many of the conditions I had never heard of before The author presents each case well and explains things an appropriate level not too simple, not too complex and defines medical terms that the general public might not be familiar with While not a wow, this is the most amazing book ever kind of 5 star read, I really couldn t think of anything that warranted [...]


    27. DO NOT read this book if you have even the mildest of tendencies toward hypochondria or OCD Unless you also have tendencies toward masochism, in which case, enjoy 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 them 5 [...]


    28. I read this because I like the TV show House, and the general idea of a book about diagnostic medicine in the context of unusual symptoms I enjoyed reading this book, and learned a little no apple cider at little Christmas tree farms for me, unless I ask about how they wash their apples , but the material was fairly dated In other words, most of the detective stories are set in the 70s or 80s, and would nowadays be solved much easily because of MRIs and CT scans and the like In other words, th [...]


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