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The author of the book: Robin Cook
Edition: Penguin Audio
Date of issue: August 8th 2006
ISBN: 0143058703
ISBN 13: 9780143058700
Language: English
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At the risk of being CRITICAL, let me just state that Robin Cook’s novel CRISIS is convoluted enough, and has more than enough medical mumbo-jumbo to place it at the top of your list of books most likely to put you into a COMA.

With CRITICAL he took us into the arena of hotel-like specialized private hospitals that are in fact stockholder owned big businesses. In CRISIS we once again visit the dark side of medicine, this time examining the system known as “concierge medicine” where doctors are paid an upfront membership fee that insures the patient of “extras” such as 24 hour access to your doctor, same day appointments for the very ill and house calls when you are too ill to come into the office. (I am old enough to remember when these “concierge” offerings, now deemed as “extras” requiring additional payment, were standards services your family doctor provided to all of his patients).

The other ogre rearing its ugly head in CRISIS is that of medical malpractice suits. Cook has created a scenario in which there are very few “good guys”. The doctor accused of malpractice comes across as a greedy, self-absorbed creep; the trial lawyers are of the slimy “win at any cost” mindset and the plaintiff employs his own hired muscle in his attempt to achieve his ends. Just about the only characters with morals or values are Jack the medical examiner, his sister Alexis and Jacks fiancée Laurie.

Jacks investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of the plaintiffs’ wife is a long and boring read and his findings and the ultimate conclusion of the story come right out of left field.

In my opinion, there is little reason to recommend this book be added to your “books to read” list.

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Ebook Crisis read Online! Librarian Note: Not to be confused with British novelist Robin Cook a pseudonym of Robert William Arthur Cook.

Dr. Robin Cook (born May 4, 1940 in New York City, New York) is an American doctor / novelist who writes about medicine, biotechnology, and topics affecting public health.

He is best known for being the author who created the medical-thriller genre by combining medical writing with the thriller genre of writing. His books have been bestsellers on the "New York Times" Bestseller List with several at #1. A number of his books have also been featured in Reader's Digest. Many were also featured in the Literary Guild. Many have been made into motion pictures.

Cook is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Columbia University School of Medicine. He finished his postgraduate medical training at Harvard that included general surgery and ophthalmology. He divides his time between homes in Florida, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts where he lives with his wife Jean. He is currently on leave from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He has successfully combined medical fact with fiction to produce a succession of bestselling books. Cook's medical thrillers are designed, in part, to make the public aware of both the technological possibilities of modern medicine and the ensuing ethical conundrums.

Cook got a taste of the larger world when the Cousteau Society recruited him to run its blood - gas lab in the South of France while he was in medical school. Intrigued by diving, he later called on a connection he made through Jacques Cousteau to become an aquanaut with the US Navy Sealab when he was drafted in the 60's. During his navy career he served on a nuclear submarine for a seventy-five day stay underwater where he wrote his first book! [1]

Cook was a private member of the Woodrow Wilson Center's Board of Trustees, appointed to a six-year term by the President George W. Bush.[2]

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Dr. Cook's profession as a doctor has provided him with ideas and background for many of his novels. In each of his novels, he strives to write about the issues at the forefront of current medical practice.
To date, he has explored issues such as organ donation, genetic engineering,fertility treatment, medical research funding, managed care, medical malpractice, drug research, drug pricing, specialty hospitals, stem cells, and organ transplantation.[3]

Dr. Cook has been remarked to have an uncanny ability to anticipate national controversy. In an interview with Dr.Cook, Stephen McDonald talked to him about his novel Shock; Cook admits the timing of Shock was fortuitous. "I suppose that you could say that it's the most like Coma in that it deals with an issue that everybody seems to be concerned about," he says, "I wrote this book to address the stem cell issue, which the public really doesn't know much about. Besides entertaining readers, my main goal is to get people interested in some of these issues, because it's the public that ultimately really should decide which way we ought to go in something as that has enormous potential for treating disease and disability but touches up against the ethically problematic abortion issue."[4]

Keeping his lab coat handy helps him turn our fear of doctors into bestsellers. "I joke that if my books stop selling, I can always fall back on brain surgery," he says. "But I am still very interested in being a doctor. If I had to do it over again, I would still study medicine. I think of myself more as a doctor who writes, rather than a writer who happens to be a doctor." After 35 books,he has come up with a diagnosis to explain why his medical thrillers remain so popular. "The main reason is, we all realize we are at risk. We're all going to be patients sometime," he says. "You can write about great white sharks or haunted houses, and you can say I'm not going into the ocean or I'm not going in haunted houses, but you can't say you're n

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