Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor:
Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA;
Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia
Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.
I enjoyed reading Fatal Sequence very much;
indeed, I had great difficulty putting it down.
Neurosurgeon and immunologist Kevin Tracey, MD, tells the poignant story
of his patient, 11-month-old infant Janice, who, after a 75% scald burn, develops
septic shock and eventually dies of severe sepsis. After Janice’s death
in 1985, the author had a “magnificent obsession” to learn as
much as possible about the problems of sepsis and possible treatments. As
he points out, severe sepsis is a leading cause of death, responsible for
215 000 deaths annually in the United States.
Wilson RF. Sepsis. JAMA. 2005;293(17):2159-2163. doi:10.1001/jama.293.17.2160