State of Wonder - Ann Patchett

Once Marina´s fever had broken and the vomiting had stopped, she was in fact grateful, not only for her shaman cure (though she wished she had taken a vaccine for hepatitis A before leaving on her trip) [...]


Really! Now you want the hepatitis A vaccination.... 


I´m reading these tidbits as some kind of satire (because otherwise I would despair). I like reading this book, but I honestly don´t know what kind of research Ann Patchett has put into her novel or if she deliberatly wrote these ridiculous things. The whole vaccination / medicin subplot (if you can call it that) feels like a stupidly written and cheap plot device and makes me want to shake my kindle whenever I stumble upon one of these gems.