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The Delirious Photographer

A disease simulation using GIDEON’s Infectious Diseases module

A 55 year old American photographer returned home after a six-week trip to the game parks of Tanzania.  Four weeks after return, he developed headache, myalgia, arthralgia, weight loss and intermittent fever.  The patient is noticeably confused and distracted, and physical examination reveals hepatosplenomegaly and lymphadenopathy in the supraclavicular and cervical regions.

The hemogram is normal, but the cerebrospinal fluid contains 20 lymphocytes per mm3.

What is your diagnosis?

In the Infectious Diseases module, access the 

The Diagnosis results are shown in the lower-right hand window of the screen:

In addition to supplying a possible list of diagnoses, HIV – initial illness and Trypanosomiasis, GIDEON provides country-specific information about the disease by clicking on the icon next to the disease name.

In this case, clicking the icon next to Trypanosomiasis gives us the following information specific to Tanzania:


If a graph note is clicked (see the image to the right for an example of a link to a graph), additional information is available about the disease in that country.  In our Tanzanian photographer case, a graph is listed in the Trypanosomiasis in Tanzania note under the tab.

When the link is clicked, we get the following graph showing Trypanosomiasis cases in Tanzania since 1922:

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