Do you like a good mystery or are you a budding public health geek looking for some summer reading? Look no further than Medical Detectives by Berton Roueche. It’s a book with dozens of real-life public health short stories and mysteries (they all get solved). The stories include fascinating cases of cyanosis traced to a particular salt shaker, investigations of people that suddenly turned orange, and a mysterious outbreak of pesticide poisonings linked back to a batch of blue jeans. When I first read the book in the 80’s, I abruptly turned my career toward public health.
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