Disease Detective

Adventures of a Female Medical Detective: In Pursuit of Smallpox and AIDS, by Mary Guinan with Anne D. Mathers, (Johns Hopkins University Press), 144 pages, release date 24 March, 2016.

Adventures of a Female Medical Detective recounts a dozen stories from the life of Mary Guinan and makes for quick, compelling reading. In the early 1970s, Guinan was the only female member of the Centers for Disease Control’s Epidemic Intelligence Service class—a two year training in international epidemiology. As a woman, she quickly found herself pulled into investigations in regions where interactions between male doctors and female patients were viewed as inappropriate.  She engaged in epidemiological research in Pakistan and Lebanon. She also served as an expert witness in the court case that determined the Americans with Disabilities Act applied to people with AIDS.

Her writing, assisted by Anne D. Mathers, is lively. Reading Adventures of a Female Medical Detective feels like engaging in a conversation with someone who is simultaneously a friend and an inspiration. Guinan’s stories, serve as a great introduction to the field of epidemiology. Don’t be misled by the fact that this title is published by Johns Hopkins University Press. This is a title that will not only fascinate adult readers, but one that could also introduce middle grade and older readers to this fascinating, challenging, and diverse line of work.

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March 29 2016 06:32 am | Uncategorized

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