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Books, Journals, New Media
May 4, 2005


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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.

JAMA. 2005;293(17):2159-2163. doi:10.1001/jama.293.17.2160

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.

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