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Informed Consent [Kindle Edition]

Raphael Hirsch
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)

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Book Description

David Myers is a young neurosurgeon willing to bend the rules to join the elite group of researchers who dominate the emerging field of gene therapy. But just when success is within reach, his cherished career is threatened. It becomes clear that someone else has been bending the rules-on him. As he searches frantically for an explanation, he discovers a terrible secret. He and his family have been unwitting subjects in a fifty year-old genetic experiment. And unless he can unravel the mystery, none of them-least of all Dr. David Myers-are safe.

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Amazon.com Review

The passage was full of details, action, characters and was building some sort of story. Well written. It seems excellent. I would like to read more to see if I would enjoy it.

Amazon.com Review

This is a very interesting and exciting set up for a thriller. I had chills reading the prologue and was disappointed that there wasn't a little more of this one to read. Please consider that a very good thing. The hook/plot will probably sell really well.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3925 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (April 11, 2010)
  • Publication Date: April 11, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003GXEOZ0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,139 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars poorly written August 6, 2012
By Bobbi M
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While the actual storyline is interesting, the telling of the story needs a lot of work. The writing has very little flow, the dialog is stilted, "sex" scenes are thrown in just for the sake of having naked people in the story (the shower scene near the beginning comes to mind). This book is a chore to read; it's only my curiosity of the plot and my inability to leave a book unfinished that got me through it. Thank goodness it only cost me 99 cents; any more would be a waste of money.

update: I had to come back and drop my rating to 1 star. I just don't feel right giving it two! This book is the second-worst book I have read in my entire life. I'm struggling to find the words, so I'll just say this: Nazis, incest, and bestiality, all wrapped up together in a ridiculous, inane package. And the lack of contractions (can't, won't, etc) makes it feel like the author was trying to write a term paper instead of a story.
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66 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A biomedical thriller ... with Nazis! September 5, 2011
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I admit - I bought this Kindle title mainly because it was recommended by Amazon based on some of my other books, and because it was just $0.99. I was pleasantly surprised. While clearly written by a long-time medical professional (I later found out that Dr. Hirsch is currently Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of Rheumatology at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh), the prose does not disintegrate into biomedical jargon. This, combined with a plot which raises a variety of philosophical and ethics questions, a roster of well-developed characters, and a good measure of exciting action sequences, made it hard for me to put the book down. Highly recommended!
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Two For One!! Educational and Entertaining! June 13, 2012
By LoLo
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Historically correct information in a fictional setting. What could be better?

It's not often a reader gets a chance at education and entertainment at the same time.

"Informed Consent" offers both. There's a seamless switch between Nazi Germany in the 1940s and the present as well as between settings in Israel, Germany and The United States.

The story line itself is excellent. A hideous medical experiment performed on a young Jewish girl in Auschwitz and the attempt to duplicate it using her son and daughter in America some 40 years later.

The ethical aspects of experimental medicine are well handled and the author manages to raise questions which the average person doesn't often ask him/herself.

He also manages to slip in several incidents of very wrong medical experiments done by The United States government - further blurring the line between "us" and "them," forcing the thoughtful reader to acknowledge that no country is totally blameless and no one is really safe from egotistical rulers and the doctors who work for them unless there are vigilant safeguards in place.

Unfortunately the editing and formatting is rather poor and the physical act of reading compromises the mental involvement one wishes for in a good story.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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But the book jumped around too much. The plot was not believable. I really found the ending to be disappointing and beyond any suspension of disbelief.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story, but poor dialogue October 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I found the story intriguing, and though it had an interesting point regarding science and ethics, but I did not care for the graphic sexual depictions. They added nothing to the story, particularly the shower scene (as was mentioned by another reviewer). What was the point of that other than to interest people who like erotic scenes in their books? Completely unnecessary. I also did not like the swearing and foul language. Again, how does a liberal use of the F word help the story? I personally find a good author is one who can get his/her point across without vulgarities. Remove the language and awkward ill fitting sex scenes and you have a good story.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Book, Poor Editing June 4, 2012
By grimm
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I enjoyed the story, and it seemed mostly accurate medically and well-written. However the numerous word errors (of the type seen with auto-correct) were very grating. There is no substitute for actual human editing.
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jewsh Medical Thriller May 3, 2010
Format:Paperback
Like author Dr. Raphael Hirsch's first book, 'The Transformed' this is also a medical thriller with a Jewish aspect. This time, the Jewish 'twist' is about a mad Nazi doctor who performed genetic experiments on Dr. David Myers' mother in Auschwitz. David goes to Germany, and finds a secret lab facility where experiments are still going on. There are lots of twists and turns in the plot, but David finally manages, with the help of his cousin in East Berlin, to solve the riddle and expose the evil secret of what happened to his mother and other young women in the infamous Barrack 12 in the Auschwitz concentration camp. I like this book, and I hope Dr Hirsch keeps writing medical thrillers.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not very realistic. February 19, 2013
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The story wasn't, very realistic. Nobody can avoid being shot at so many times. The idea of interviewing humans and apes is also unrealistic.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the suspense and interaction of the characters past and ...
I enjoyed the suspense and interaction of the characters past and present. Quite a story and a history without being "another holocaust" book... Read more
Published 21 hours ago by dianep
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
enjoyed the book
Published 1 month ago by thegritz
5.0 out of 5 stars EXcellent and THOUGHT PROVOKING.
With what history tells us of Nazi Germany makes this a scary and mind boggling idea. This could have and probably will happen if not all ready has.
Published 1 month ago by Lorln
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very good suspenseful read.
Published 2 months ago by Cat
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great read
Published 2 months ago by ELEANOR M. NEVILLE
1.0 out of 5 stars Interesting idea but too unbelievable
The lead character in the book figures everything out in the first half and spends the second half seeking his revenge. Read more
Published 2 months ago by N. Ahyee
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Story. I was hooked the minute I picked ...
Good Story.I was hooked the minute I picked it up!
Published 3 months ago by kim foutz
4.0 out of 5 stars unethically possible, its scary
I liked the fact that I was able to google Earth the places David visited and they were like I was actually there. Read more
Published 4 months ago by dingledell
3.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps Witnessed by Someone in Another Field
The code of ethics should be written in black & white, and those who overlook this should be required to go & live in a habitat surrounding them daily of learning right from wrong. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Neta03
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another fantastic author. I loved this book. I hope he writes lots more. Very well written and engaging.
Published 5 months ago by Leah Malerich
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More About the Author

Raphael Hirsch was born in Chicago. He was educated at Northwestern University and The University of Illinois College of Medicine, and was a post-doctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute. He has practiced medicine for twenty-five years. He is presently Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Rheumatology at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

You can view all Raphael's books and communicate with him at:

www.raphaelhirsch.com

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