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Janine Jason's previous publications include a nonfiction book entitled Parenting Your Premature Baby, published in hardback by Henry Holt, Inc. in 1989 and paperback by Doubleday Dell, Inc. in 1990. It was cited in the Library Journal as one of the best lay medical books of that year. Janine has recently published two novels: Reunions and Alexandria the Great and Other, Lesser Beings. Both are available as Ebooks.
In addition to writing, Janine is CEO of Jason and Jarvis Associates, a medical and epidemiology consulting firm she co-founded after spending 23 years in the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS), as a medical scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While at CDC she ran a variety of activities, including Hemophilia-AIDS Surveillance and Epidemiology, evaluation of the National AIDS Information and Education Program, and the HIV Immunoregulatory Laboratory. She collaborated with persons at other PHS agencies and consulted to foreign Ministries of Health. Dr. Jason has >100 peer-reviewed research publications, both related to and independent of HIV infection, and is viewed as a world's expert in the overlapping areas of immunology, infectious diseases, and public health.
During the years Dr. Jason was at CDC, she provided free health care at Emory University, where she was a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Immunology, and Epidemiology. Now, in addition to her writing and consulting, Dr. Jason continues to provide free health care--at the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina.
Janine received her undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and her M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School. She did a Pediatric Residency at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and Immunology Fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario. After two years as a Research Associate at Yale University she entered the PHS. Since 2003, she's lived a bicoastal life, spending half the year fighting the weeds in her yard in South Carolina and half the year fighting them in Oregon and San Francisco. She enjoys two very independent daughters, a high-powered husband, and bizarre sheepdog. Janine travels a good deal--for work and pleasure--and takes her dog along as much as possible.
on March 26, 2011 :
Reunions has more twists and turns than a gymnastic routine. Its plot is like a mobius strip. It starts out as a hardass comedy but somehow flips into tragedy. Then it heads you back to humor. That cycle happens enough times that you never know what's coming next. If I had four thumbs, they'd all be up in the air for Reunions.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)