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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (April 11, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595337287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595337286
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,391,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lawrence W. Gold, M.D., practiced internal medicine and nephrology (diseases of the kidney) in Berkley, California, for twenty-three years. He was an active participant in quality assurance programs that evaluated physician performance and served as chief of staff of his hospital’s department of medicine.


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I was born in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, moved to Queens, and then, as New Yorkers say, we ascended to the Island.
After graduating from Valley Stream Central High School, I went to Adelphi, a college then, a university now, and then to medical school in Chicago.
The war in Vietnam interrupted my postgraduate training with a year in Colorado Springs and another as a Battalion Surgeon in Vietnam. I spent seven months in the Central Highlands with the 4th Infantry and five months in an evacuation hospital in Long Binh outside Saigon where I ran the emergency room.
I returned intact in 1968 to complete my training in internal medicine and diseases of the kidney, nephrology.
I worked for twenty-three years in Berkeley, California in a hospital-based practice caring for patients with complicated illnesses often in ICU and served as Chief of Medicine.
My wife Dorlis and I retired in October 1995 and sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge for a life at sea in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.
Four years later, exhausted from repairing everything on board, (often many times) we sold the sailboat and within a year took the lazy man's out; we bought a Nordic Tug, a trawler. We motored around Florida, the Bahamas, the entire East Coast and completed two 'Circle trips' to Canada and back, eight months, the first time, five months, the second.
I wrote professionally as a physician to inform but rarely to entertain, at least not on purpose.
First, Do No Harm was published in April 2007. No Cure for Murder was released in August 2011. For the Love of God was published in January 2012 and The Sixth Sense in July 2012.
In the last two years, I've written three screenplays based on my novels and hope to see one or more produced for the screen. I submitted my screenplay, Rage to the 80th Annual Writer's Digest contest and won honorable mention (57 out of 11,000).
We live in beautiful Grass Valley with 13 year old Mike, a terrier mix and Bennie, a 7 year old purebred though enormous Yorkie.

Customer Reviews

Makes me wonder about the docs and hospital staff.
Rachelle Petrancuri
It does an exemplary job of portraying its characters, a good insight into medical care as many of us know it, and a wonderful job of courtroom drama.
Jan
Not a bad idea for a book, but he could have spent a little more time on this book.
Mary Reads

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Delia Knight on April 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
Dr. Gold has scared the be-jezus outta me. I've known a few Dr. Polks in my time and have learned to really appreciate the good docs I've met. Larry Gold has managed to endear them to us, while revealing just how hard it is for a hospital to rid itself of bad doctors. In a frank but elegant style, Gold has skillfully portrayed the triumphs and tragedies of big city hospital life and kept us at the edge of our seats, waiting for outcomes, good or bad.

I can't wait for his next effort.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anna Baker on May 6, 2011
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This is a goodie. Gold has opened my eyes to being a good patient. That is, know your doctor, know your patient rights. Gold's antagonist is Dr. Polk, a very charismatic doc, and his patients love and trust him, but he is the personification of every bad doc who ever lived. The crux of the story is how does a hospital get rid of bad doctors. My own dad was a hospital administrator and had his troubles with guys like him. Dad really appreciated this book, too. My sister is a nurse and read this in a day, nodding her head the whole time.

Dr. Gold is a good writer, a little green around the edges and he must really hate HMOs, and often vents with righteous indignation, but I was so wrapped up in this story that I soon forgot he was a newbie.The ending was a little shocking, like maybe Polk was only one of the heads of the Hydra.

As for the other docs and nurses and cops in this story, I'd like to meet them all again. Gold was good at making me love the good guys and love to hate the bad ones. Maybe we can enjoy a Brier Hospital series?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mary Reads on December 5, 2012
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It's easy to make mistakes when writing - spelling, grammar, incorrect word usage, but come on! Surely someone could have scanned this mess for mistakes before putting it out there. And that's the easy part. The characters were poorly developed and confusing and just too numerous. The story lines stopped and started like a misfiring engine. Waste of time. Not a bad idea for a book, but he could have spent a little more time on this book. Glad it was free.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ruby C. Cochrell on December 13, 2012
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I tried to read this. The premise is really good, but I couldn't get passed the grammatical errors and the fact that there is no logical flow.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By corgi mom on December 7, 2012
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This left me with mixed feelings; the storyline is actually pretty good, and the authenticity was appreciated. But the writing, OMG!!! It literally read like a draft. If there was an editor in the picture, they need to be fired. I am actually wondering if the wrong version was uploaded for sale - it was that bad. I am glad I didn't pay anything for this book....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 30, 2012
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Good insight into the inner workings & politics of hospitals... showed the reluctance of staff to confront incompetence and the importance of questioning your doctor if your gut feelings,are “off".
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Bush on November 22, 2012
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Life is too short for bad books. I made it 17% of the way in to this and just couldn't take any more. The writing is bad -- so bad. Dialogue is stilted. This volume is in desperate need of a very good editor. I can't imagine where the 5 star reviews are coming from, unless these people all read some other book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Farner on August 16, 2007
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I really enjoyed this book alot. It was a real page turner. I couldn't put it down. I sure hope that there are no real Dr. Polks out there. It made you think about your own relationship with your Doctors.

Enjoy!!
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