Bitten: True Medical Stories of Bites and Stings (Paperback)

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Bitten: True Medical Stories of Bites and Stings (Paperback)


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From ticks, ants, and flying bats to elephant seals, Komodo dragons, rhesus macaques, and deadliest of all, humans.

We've all been bitten. And we all have stories.
The bite attacks that Pamela Nagami, M.D., has chosen to write about in Bitten take place in big cities, small towns, and remote villages around the world and throughout history, locales as familiar as New York or Hollywood, or exotic as Africa, the Middle East, or Indonesia. They include a six-year-old girl who descended into weeks of extreme lassitude from a tick bite; a diabetic in the West Indies who awoke to find a rat eating two of his toes; a California man who developed "flesh-eating strep" following a penile bite; and more.
With reports from medical journals, case histories, colleagues, and her own twenty-five-year career as a practicing physician and infectious diseases specialist, Pamela Nagami offers readers intrigued by infection, disease, and mesmerized by creatures in the wild a compulsively readable narrative that is entertaining, sometimes disturbing, and always engrossing.

Dr. Pamela Nagami is a practicing physician in internal medicine and infectious diseases with the Southern California Permanente Medical Group and a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at UCLA. She has made appearances on CNN and NPR. She lives with her husband and two children in Encino, California.

Product Details ISBN: 9780312318239
ISBN-10: 0312318235
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: September 1st, 2005
Pages: 368
Language: English

“An exceptionally readable and accurate series of accounts of unhappy encounters between people and various kinds of biting and stinging animals, even including those of the human kind.” —Andrew Spielman Sc.D., Professor of Tropical Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases and coauthor of Mosquito.

“Fascinating but frightening. . . . An absorbing read.” —Publishers Weekly