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Mary Guinan In The News
Stories of inspiring female scientists who have cracked the glass ceiling are much in demand. Mary Guinan's Adventures of a Female Medical Detective ticks that box — and is a rip-roaring read. An epidemiologist with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, for decades, Guinan was involved in global smallpox eradication and served as its first female chief scientific adviser. She has also had a distinguished career in HIV/AIDS research as one of the first US scientists to identify early AIDS cases as harbingers of a new epidemic.
Their socio-economic standing aside, the outbreak of the Zika virus in Brazil in the past 12 months has drawn greater cause for concern to public health.
Summer colds are the worst.
You’re not sure how you caught one, but you did — and now you’d love to know where it came from. Or maybe that’s one of those medical mysteries, the kind that Mary Guinan, Ph.D., M.D. solved. In her new book “Adventures of a Female Medical Detective” (with Anne D. Mather), she takes you on some not-so-cold cases.
The last time KNPR caught up with Mary Guinan, it was in honor of World Aids Day, and we talked to her about her working with some of the first AIDS patients as a scientist with the Centers for Disease Control.
When they wouldn't hire her because she was a woman, she threatened her superiors. When the media asked her a stupid question, she gave them an earful. And when she thought she had contracted HIV/AIDS, she said, "if that's what happened, that's what happened."
It was 34 years ago, in 1981, that the first patients of HIV were identified. Even now, there remain more than 36 million people worldwide living with HIV. In 2014, 1.2 million people died from AIDS-related illnesses. Three UNLV research professors, each manning a different front — from educational memoirs to life-saving baby showers to a possible cure — continue to make headway in this worldwide battle.