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STARTLING TRUE CASES OF BITE ATTACKS, RESULTING INFECTIONS, AND ENSUING TREATMENTS—
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.

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Praise for Bitten

"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, Harvard School of Public Health and coauthor of Mosquito.

"Fascinating but frightening. . . . An absorbing read."—Publishers Weekly

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Bitten
1Invincible InvadersIn a chronic-care facility in Houston, Texas, on a routine morning check, nursing home attendants discovered one of their patients--a ninety-year-old woman who suffered from a weak heart and "moderately severe" dementia--fully conscious but covered with thousands of rice-sized insects. The tiny creatures had been crawling in and out of her mouth and swarming over her body, conceivably for hours. However, due to the woman's general debility, she had been unable to summon help. After the attendants washed away the creatures, they discovered multiple welts all over her

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  • Pamela Nagami, M.D., is a practicing physician in internal medicine and infectious diseases and a clinical associate professor of medicine at The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She lives with her husband in Encino, California.
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