We're unable to sign you in at this time. Please try again in a few minutes.
We were able to sign you in, but your subscription(s) could not be found. Please try again in a few minutes.
There may be a problem with your account. Please contact the AMA Service Center to resolve this issue.
Contact the AMA Service Center:
Telephone: 1 (800) 262-2350 or 1 (312) 670-7827  *   Email: subscriptions@jamanetwork.com
Error Message ......
Article |

The Disease Detectives: Deadly Medical Mysteries and the People Who Solved Them

Hilda Slive
JAMA. 1984;251(5):661. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340290071031.
Text Size: A A A
Published online


Two of the most popular subjects for books are mysteries and medicine. Put them together and you have the medical-mystery book, a combination that is hard to beat. Gerald Astor's book is a welcome addition to this ever-growing list because it focuses on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Information is long overdue about this federal agency, which is our front line of defense against the worldwide spread of communicable disease. Most persons outside the health field become aware of it only through dramatic news coverage of such diseases as legionnaires', toxic shock syndrome, or acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Astor records the stories of these diseases, but there are also chapters on many other CDC investigations.

This is particularly the story of the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) branch of the CDC. Astor follows the day-to-day activities of its officers as they search for causes of outbreaks of cholera, bubonic plague,


Sign in

Purchase Options

• Buy this article
• Subscribe to the journal
• Rent this article ?




Also Meets CME requirements for:
Browse CME for all U.S. States
Accreditation Information
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
Note: You must get at least of the answers correct to pass this quiz.
Please click the checkbox indicating that you have read the full article in order to submit your answers.
Your answers have been saved for later.
You have not filled in all the answers to complete this quiz
The following questions were not answered:
Sorry, you have unsuccessfully completed this CME quiz with a score of
The following questions were not answered correctly:
Commitment to Change (optional):
Indicate what change(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Your quiz results:
The filled radio buttons indicate your responses. The preferred responses are highlighted
For CME Course: A Proposed Model for Initial Assessment and Management of Acute Heart Failure Syndromes
Indicate what changes(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.


Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

0 Citations

Sign in

Purchase Options

• Buy this article
• Subscribe to the journal
• Rent this article ?

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.