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Blake's Illness

A Case of Wildlife Management


Catherine Dana Santanello
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville


Blake is sick.  With his background in the sciences and a little help from the Internet, he should be able to do a self-diagnosis.  Or can he?  As the case unfolds, students follow the course of Blake's illness.  Part I of the case details the initial signs of Blake's illness and his attempts at self-diagnosis.  Students are asked to identify a potential list of disorders based on the limited symptoms presented.  Part II describes the results of the doctors’ physical exam and initial laboratory tests.  At this point, students should be able to narrow the list of possibilities.  Part III reveals the cause of the illness and the course of treatment.  The case works well as an interrupted case that can be assigned to individual students or student teams.  It was written for a School of Pharmacy microbiology course, but could easily be used in a medical microbiology or infectious diseases course.

  • Apply previous knowledge of the principles of microbiology and infectious diseases to diagnose the main protagonist’s disorder.
  • Become familiar with and use the appropriate medical terms to explain the results of a patient’s physical exam and laboratory results.
  • Describe the specific properties of this pathogen, and the epidemiology, pathogenesis, treatment, and preventative measures of the related disorder.
  • Work as a team to provide appropriate responses to the accompanying questions and activities.
Keywords: Infectious disease; differential diagnosis; Epstein-Barr virus; hepatosplenomegaly; pathogenesis; monospot test; leukocytosis; lymphadenopathy
Topical Area: N/A
Educational Level: Undergraduate upper division, Graduate, Professional (degree program)
Formats: PDF
Type/Method: Interrupted, Problem-Based Learning, Role-Play
Language: English
Subject Headings: Microbiology   Medicine (General)   Epidemiology  
Date Posted: 05/18/09
Date Modified: N/A
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