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  • Keywords
    • Epidemiology,
    • Infectious diseases,
    • Medical memoir,
    • Medical detective,
    • Rescues from the Sky,
    • Lee F. Walters,
    • Pandemic research

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Contagion Chaser
The Story of an Infectious Disease Detective
by Lee F. Walters

Picking up where his previous book, Rescues from the Sky, left off, Contagion Chaser details Dr. Lee F. Walters’ transition from saving lives at sea as part of an air medical rescue team with the US Coast Guard to becoming an infectious disease “detective.” Starting with a one-year medical residency at the University of Wisconsin, he moved on to a two-year fellowship in infectious disease at the University of Vermont before beginning private practice in Arizona, which lasted over two decades. Although the infectious disease practice in which Walters engaged was a far cry from the highly dramatic and potentially life threatening rescues described in the first book, this memoir offers a different type of adrenaline rush as he seeks to discover the causes of various mystery diseases and find a treatment before it’s too late. With his patients’ lives often hanging in the balance, it’s an emotional journey that frequently leaves Walters feeling discouraged and depressed as his patients die due to lack of available treatments, especially when the HIV/AIDS pandemic hits in 1981. Supporting him throughout his investigations is the love of his life, Cara. Their relationship provides a heartfelt and romantic counterpoint to the heavy emotional burden of Lee’s work.

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DR. LEE F. WALTERS, MD, FACP, is a recently retired infectious disease physician. His educational journey began at Davidson College in Charlotte, NC. He went on to graduate from the University of Virginia Medical School and interned there as well. This was followed by a medical residency at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, a fellowship in infectious disease at the University of Vermont, and over two decades of practice as an infectious disease specialist in Phoenix, AZ. He then completed two more decades of practice on the East Coast, finishing his ID career in North Carolina with Atrium Health System in Charlotte. This is Lee’s second book. His first book, Rescues from the Sky (2020) recounts the dramatic adventures in medical rescues that he experienced while stationed at the US Coast Guard air station in San Francisco. Lee now lives in Charlotte, NC, with his wife of thirty-nine years. He has four daughters and six grandchildren.


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