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From Publishers Weekly

A promising young doctor is threatened by his hospital's elite clique after discovering the group's criminal acts in Palmer's latest medical thriller.
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"Spellbinding...a chillingly sinister novel made all the more frightening by [Palmer's] medical authority
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (March 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553295772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553295771
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Palmer, medical thriller author and physician, died unexpectedly on October 30, 2013. Michael wrote 18 novels of medical and political suspense, all international bestsellers. In addition to writing, Palmer served as an associate director of the Massachusetts Medical Society Physician Health Services, devoted to helping physicians troubled by mental illness, physical illness, behavioral issues, and chemical dependency. His 19th novel RESISTANT will be released on May 20, 2014.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Bull on July 10, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dr. Eric Najarian is a rising star at White Memorial Hospital. He and a colleague are vying for a big promotion, when suddenly Eric is approached to join a secret society ("Caduceus") as long as he is willing to perform an "unusual" treatment when asked. Pressures of the job and life in general weigh on Eric as he debates what to do. Soon, some missing bodies and other unexplained phenomenon at the hospital shake his trust in everything and send him on a hunt for what is going on. We readers get to know more than he does for quite a while, but we dare say few will guess who the ultimate bad guys wind up being.
This is our fourth novel by Palmer and we have enjoyed them all immensely. Sort of a "thinking man's Robin Cook", Palmer happens to be both a medical and publishing contemporary of Cook -- but to our mind, one with less "fantastic" plots. Palmer's ability to endear his characters to us, to draw out the suspense without getting boring, and to craft a twisty plot lead to hours of entertainment. Enjoy! [p.s., the movie based on this book is also entertaining, but in actuality bears little resemblance to the Palmer story per se...]
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 9, 1999
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SCARY! O...My...God , what a terrifying concept! What's the name of that "zombie" powder again? Tetrodotoxin? Oh Jeez, I'm goose-bumping already! Can YOU imagine being mistaken for dead while still being victim to you basic senses ... and then having a novice pathologist slice a Y-incision in your motionless-yet-wide-awake body? Until this book I couldn't! Such an alternative certainly puts the protagonist in a bind, doesn't it? But a major source of thickness for the plot are the ethical questions that supports research for human advancement! It would certainly be great if spinal and neural injuries could be treated as easily as the common cold, but is any human sacrifice, no matter how sickly or unwanted or insignificant, worth it? Palmer gives one hell of a thrill ride in this philosophically daring piece of scientific artwork! Great book! His best!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jean C. Lyon on June 3, 2000
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This is not the first Michael Palmer book that I have read, but it certainly is the best one so far. The plot, though complex and intricate, was thrilling to the last page. The characters were well developed and the plot facinating. I found it almost impossible to put the book down, and was holding my breath for Eric and Laura to the very end. For a fast read, and a thrilling adventure, select Extreme Measures.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 1997
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Michael Palmer's "Extreme Measures": From start to finish, Mr. Palmer's book kept me interested. The characters were well-developed, plot easy to follow, and the story full of suspense. The main characters, a doctor and scuba dive instructor, fall in love despite the terrible occurences at White Memorial where doctor Najarian works. Friends turn out to be enemies, possible enemies turn out to be friends (sometimes), and it seems that neither can trust anyone but each other and themselves. This book has a lot of medical jargon and some voodoo. I find that if I can read a book in one day, then it is worth reading again. I read this book in about 9 hours in a car so it is definitely worth your time
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 18, 1999
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Extreme Measures is the third Michael Palmer book I have read. As with the other two (Miracle Cure and Silient Treatment) Mr. Palmer has kept me on the edge with his never ending plot twists. The reader never knows who or what will happen next. I have had a tough time putting the book down. I have lost sleep trying to read it as fast as I can. I can not wait to get my hands on the next installment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Murat Gemici M.D. on January 22, 2000
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This was the first Michael Palmer book that I read and I enjoyed it. Some of the content was a bit on the fantasy side however.. I look forward to reading more of his work. Lots of unexpected twists and turns. If you like medical thrillers and don't mind streching your amagination a little bit, I rec. it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Weiss on December 26, 2010
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In one sense, a jaded reader might accuse Michael Palmer of repeating the oft-used medical thriller plot framework of the single heroic physician standing up against some sort of nefarious conspiracy based on power, money, greed and self-interest. And, while that's true, Michael Palmer has done a bang up job of twisting the details around such that EXTREME MEASURES is turned into a bona fide nail-biting cliff-hanging thriller of the first order.

Eric Najarian, an ambitious young doctor at a Boston hospital, got lucky. In the frantic hustle and bustle of the emergency room, he stepped well over the line and reached the decision to use a bold but entirely unproven, experimental technique on a man dying the emergency room. After the treatment proves successful, he is contacted by a shady group who press him to continue to administer unorthodox treatments to certain specified patients and promise the reward of promotion to a prestigious post in the hospital. If he refuses, he is assured that his career as a physician in Boston is finished.

EXTREME MEASURES has got much more than the proverbial "everything but the kitchen sink". In fact, it's got the counter top and several kitchen sinks - voodoo, corrupt funeral parlours, unorthodox drug testing, secret clinics and much, much more.

It's way, way over the top but it sure is fun. This is medical suspense at its finest and it's delivered with a slam-bang authenticity that will have Michael Palmer's fans begging for more. I can tell you this for sure. The next time you buy a new drug, you'll look at it and wonder with considerable fear and trepidation about the protocols that were followed to put it onto the shelf! Highly recommended.

Paul Weiss
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