One of the best books by Michael Palmer and quite
different from the not-so-good movie they made on it,
Extreme Measures is very compelling, especially for the
ones who enjoy medical thrillers or Robin Cook. A very
nice reading. A wonderful book.... Fatal
Bantam, May 2002, 24.95, 387 pp.
Dr. Matt Rutledge obviously knows something is wrong in his hometown of Belinda, West Virginia when several of his patients in for not much more than a cold suddenly die with strange symptoms. He believes that the Belinda Coal and Coke Company has poisoned the air, land, or water or a combination of all three with their usual disregard for safety or environmental health. Matt detests the coal co... Flashback
Toby Nelms is a innocent, average eight-year-old boy. He has to have a operation, but it was routine. He's gone home, to terror. He has nightmares of the operation, while he's awake, recalling every horrifying detail. Slowly, he retreats into his own world, not eating or speaking.
Dr. Zack Iverson has come home to work at his older brother's hospital. One of his first cases is Toby. Zack is intrigued by the boy, and becomes convinced that he is ... Silent Treatment
Dr. Harry Corbett's wife is given a medication that raised her blood pressure and ruptured an existing anuerysm. She was in the hospital to have it repaired the next morning when this happened. Harry was the last person seen entering and/or leaving her room. There was a woman who was sharing the room with Harry's wife but she was a recovering alcoholic and the hospital staff and the police investigator do not believe she is a trusted witness. The hea...
The Fifth Vial
This story is about three separate people who, in very different ways, get involved in the unethical sale of organs and who by chance meet in the end with the same goal of ending the practice once and for all. Natalie Reyes is a medical resident in Boston who has a lung removed after being kidnapped in Rio, but when her insurance company finds no record of her hospitalization, she goes back, determined to find out what happened. At the same time, a young... The Patient
Jesse Copeland is a neurosurgeon at Eastern Massachusetts Medical Center in Boston. She has been experimenting with a surgical robot that is used to eradicate brain tumors. An evil terrorist shows up at the hospital demanding the new robot be used on what he was told was an inoperable fatal tumor. If she does not submit to his demands he will release a deadly gas throughout the city. He kills four people in a lab with the gas just to demonstrate he i... The Society
Bantam, August 2004, 25.00, 351 pp.
He practices medicine to help people but Dr. Will Grant is becoming increasingly frustrated with the way managed health care is short changing patients. The HMOs have absolute power in telling a doctor what they can and can not do if they want reimbursement for services rendered. Will is a member of the Hippocrates Society, an organized movement to effect change on the health care system.