Berton Roueché's intriguing narratives of medical detection have won acclaim from critics both in the scientific and literary community. Twice a recipient of the Albert Lasker Foundation Award for Medical Reporting, Roueché also captured the "Raven" of the Mystery Writers of America for his first collection, Eleven Blue Men
His relentless curiosity, his precise and copelling style, familiar to readers of his other books are apparent once again in these thirteen anecdotes, all of which have appeared in The New Yorker. Ranging over the entire country from New Mexico to Tennesee and from Michigan to Massachusetts, these stories detail some of the most disturbing and provocative cases encountered in recent medical history. They include such bizarre and puzzling occurrences as:
-- a terrifying case of human and animmal poisoning -- a story which merited the 1970 American Medical Association Award for Medical Journalism in Magazines [The Huckleby hogs]
-- an exotic epidemic with a particular attraction to cloistered communities [In the bughouse]
-- a rash of dead squirrels in Denver [A small, apprehensive child]
-- a case of malaria in an unusual environment [Shiver and burn]
-- a lethal shipment of blue jeans [The dead mosquitoes]
-- an unorthodox grafting procedure and a deadly tomato plant [Something a little unusual]
-- a woman with violent symptoms and no physical disorder [The case of Mrs. Carter]
Unfolding each of these medical mysteries in fascinating and informative detail, The Orange Man demonstrates once again Berton Roueché's outstanding talents as a flawless scientific reporter and a story-teller with a sure and unfailing sense of the dramatic. [adapted from the jacket]
The orange man.
Three sick babies.
Shiver and burn
The Santa Claus specimen
In the bughouse.
The Huckleby hogs
The West Branch study
A woman with a headache
A small, apprehensive child
The dead mosquitoes
The case of Mrs. Carter
Something a little unusual.