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Maneater

And Other True Stories of a Life in Infectious Diseases
Narrated by: Donna Rawlings
Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
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Maneater is a personal account by a specialist who approaches her work like a forensic scientist or a case-hardened private eye. Dr. Pamela Nagami is a leading authority on infectious diseases and her stories will shock, amaze, and warn listeners. The patients in Maneater are ordinary Americans.

When Danielle Jordan innocently ordered a salad for lunch in Puerta Vallarta she had no idea she had just become the "host" to an organism that six years later would grow into a worm and burrow into her brain.

Charlie Blair caught chicken pox, but he wasn't a kid, he was an adult, and that common childhood disease can attack a man and ravage his body until he looks like a third-degree-burn victim.

A small insect bite on Allan Roth's right foot made him a target for "flesh-eating strep". He shed his skin like a snake and a large area of tissue and skin was removed from his right thigh and lower abdomen.

Maneater will take listeners on rounds with Dr. Nagami, where they will learn, from a safe distance, what the diseases are, what it's like to be a medical detective, and how it feels to make the medical and ethical decisions that can mean the difference between life and death.

©2001 Pamela Nagami (P)2003 Macmillan Audio

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Great for those interested in medical

Amazing detail within her stories. Very good book for someone in interested in ID or a curious mind.

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For women MD candidates considering ID

The stories contain life details of a women ID doctor, so you can know some pros and cons of this kind of career.

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The story of a woman becoming a monster

This isn't about parasites or infectious diseases. They are the background to a story about a woman who becomes cold and twisted after a come-to-satan moment looking at a dead baby.

I don't recommend the book to someone interested in infectious diseases as they take a back seat to the author's sad, yet uninteresting biography.

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  • Fichops
  • 08-29-19

On the short side.

There were some very interesting themes and perspectives but they weren’t developed because the audiobook was short. I enjoyed learning about the diseases this lady encountered in her patients but would have liked a lot more detail about the the action and impact of infection on the body.