In 1974, a young doctor arrived at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with one goal in mind: to help eradicate smallpox. The only woman physician in her class in the Epidemic Intelligence Service, a two-year epidemiology training program, Mary Guinan soon was selected to join India's Smallpox Eradication Program, which searched out and isolated patients with the disease. By May of 1975, the World Health Organization declared Uttar Pradash smallpox-free.
During her barrier-crossing career, Dr. Guinan met arms-seeking Afghan insurgents in Pakistan and got caught in the cross fire between religious groups in Lebanon. She treated some of the first AIDS patients and served as an expert witness in defense of a pharmacist who was denied employment for having HIV-leading to a landmark decision that still protects HIV patients from workplace discrimination. Randy Shilts's best-selling book on the epidemic, And the Band Played On, features her AIDS work.
In Adventures of a Female Medical Detective, Guinan weaves together twelve vivid stories of her life in medicine, describing her individual experiences in controlling outbreaks, researching new diseases, and caring for patients with untreatable infections. She offers readers a feisty, engaging, and uniquely female perspective from a time when very few women worked in the field. Occasionally heartbreaking, sometimes hilarious, Guinan's account of her pathbreaking career will inspire public health students and future medical detectives-and give all readers insight into that part of the government exclusively devoted to protecting their health.
Mary Guinan, PhD, MD, was the founding dean of the School of Community Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and is now professor emerita. She was the first woman to serve as the chief scientific advisor to the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Anne D. Mather was the managing editor of the CDC newsletter, the MMWR, during the years when smallpox was eradicated and AIDS was discovered.
AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. My First Outbreak Investigation2. Something to Believe In: Operation Smallpox Zero3. A Gift of an Elephant4. Dr. Herpes5. Healthcare Workers and Enemy Information in a War Zone, Pakistan, 19806. An AIDS Needlestick at a Rundown Hotel in San Francisco, 19827. ACT UP Acts Up at CDC over the Definition of AIDS for Women8. The HIV-Infected Preacher's Wife9. Few Safe Places10. Expert Witness for John Doe, the Pharmacist, 199111. The Milk Industry Challenges CDC over the Source of a Listeriosis Outbreak12. On Getting AIDS from a Toilet Seat and Other STD Myths and TaboosReferencesIndex