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Fatal Extraction: the Story Behind the Florida Dentist Accused of Infecting His Patients with Hiv and Poisoning Public Health

Rom, Mark Carl

ISBN 10: 0787909912 / ISBN 13: 9780787909918
Published by Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1997
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In DJ, signed/inscribed by author, name penned on ffep; Signed/inscr by author. Hardback (blue cloth spine/maroon boards) . 1st printing. Appendices, notes, index; 8vo; xiv + 226 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 38325

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Title: Fatal Extraction: the Story Behind the ...

Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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An intriguing look at the controversial case in which a dentist was said to have infected at least six of his patients with HIV questions the CDC's role in making that conclusion and the policies that followed.

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When the Florida coed Kimberly Bergalis claimed that her dentist, David Acer, had infected her with the HIV virus, it touched off a nationwide maelstrom of controversy, fear, and outrage. The case inspired a parade of congressional investigations, an explosion of media coverage, and a public outcry for improved health care safety measures.In Fatal Extraction, health care expert and former government investigator Mark Carl Rom presents an in-depth examination of the most compelling public health case since Typhoid Mary. The author takes readers step-by-step through the world of medical detective work, as the Centers for Disease Control must determine whether Dr. Acer indeed infected Kimberly Bergalis and other patients, and, if so, whether Acer's actions were accidents or acts of premeditated murder. In this absorbing book, Rom uses the details of the ?deadly dentist? case to raise myriad public health issues that are of concern us all:? How does the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) protect my health?? Do I have the right to know if my doctor or nurse is HIV positive?? Should my doctor inform me if she has a communicable life-threatening illness?? When does my doctor's right to privacy outweigh my right to know?? What can the government do to protect me better in the future?Fatal Extraction clearly shows how the Centers for Disease Control--and other government agencies--respond to the Bergalis case and similar incidents, examines why government officials act as they do, and questions what they can do differently. As the book unravels the mysteries surrounding Kimberly Bergalis's tragic infection, it informs readers of the actions we can expect (and should demand) our government to take to protect the health of patients, medical workers, and all citizens.

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