The Medical Detectives Author:Berton Roueche All across the American landscape - in remote villages and small towns no less than in the great cities - strange illnesses, rare diseases, and sometimes the threat of contagion and even plague suddenly surface to bedevil an individual, a family, or a seemingly unrelated group of people. The local health authorities can discover nothing in perso... more »nal histories or public medical records with which to ddefine and counteract the threat, and the race is on. Find the clue that leads to the source of infection and its destruction before the victim worsens, or the unknown and possibly fatal disease threatens to spread.
Berton Roueche set ou to portray some of the most significant and fascinating of those true life-and-death dramas, and nearly fifty of his Annals of Medicine narratives have appeared to date in the pages of The New Yorker magazine. "The Medical Detectives" brings together the very best of those modern classics in a memorable collection gathered from the 1940s through 1980.« less