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Resistant Hardcover – May 20, 2014
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This book was about a strain of bacteria that was resistant (hence the title) to all normal forms of antibiotics and had been released by a domestic terrorist group as a way to motivate the government to cancel out all entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, welfare, food stamps, etc. Of course many in the group lived in luxury so they felt a different sort of entitlement. Dr. Lou Welcome, a recurring character in Michael's last few books, becomes heavily involved for personal reasons in trying find a cure for this bacteria that in Lou's words “turned the inside of a body into liquid”, and not nice liquid. We are introduced to a new character that Lou became great friends with named Humphrey Miller, a brilliant man with the worst kind of cerebral palsy. I could see him in further recurring roles in other books and the same with Lou's friend Cap whose life was changed forever in this last book.Read more ›
These books can be read in any order; however, I would recommend reading them in chronological order to maximize the development of the flawed character of the good doctor. The father of 14-year old fourteen-year-old daughter, Emily and ex-husband of remarried, Renee, Doctor Welcome is a recovering alcoholic and drug abuser. Lou has made major headway to get back on the straight and narrow regaining the friendship and mutual respect with Renee as a result of the help of his sponsor and now best friend, Hank “Cap” Duncan a former prize fighter and owner of the Stick and Move boxing gym.
Previously stripped of his license to practice medicine, board certified in both internal and emergency medicine, Welcome is has successfully regained his medical license and is helping others recover from their addictions and behavioral problems while working at the Physician Wellness Office (PWO) in Washington, D.C., as well as the ER of Eisenhower Memorial in that city.
After “Cap” suffers a broken leg complicated by the contraction of a deadly nosocomial inflection, Lou embarks on a mission to find a cure and in the process finds himself a target of a secretive extreme right wing organization of strategically placed powerful individuals bent on forcing the government to concede to their whims or suffer deadly consequences. These radicals have developed and released a doomsday germ, but have lost control as it continues to mutate and has become resistant to known cures.
Lou finds himself in a pickle.Read more ›
In "Resistant," Dr. Lou Welcome was an emergency room physician who became a director of an addiction program for physicians. Dr. Welcome suffered from drug and alcohol addiction, which he controlled through a sponsor and a ten-step program.
The addiction program became an integral part of this mystery/thriller plot. Dr. Welcome's sponsor has a running accident, resulting in a compound fracture that becomes infected with deadly, hospital-acquired, flesh-eating bacteria. The bacterium is drug-resistant. The remainder of the story concerns a type of germ warfare by a group (cult) of terrorists and the race by researchers to find a means of conquering the deadly bacteria.
Palmer took bits of reality and interwove them to create a gripping medical-mystery thriller. Drug-resistant, virulent bacteria do exist, although cases of necrotizing fasciitis are extremely rare. The bacteria are not really flesh-eating, but their result is the same. They release toxins that cause the destruction of skin and muscle. Treatment is debridement (removal of the infected tissue), amputation and hyperbaric oxygen.
"Resistant" echos the story of Georgia student Aimee Copeland. In 2012, she suffered a zip line accident causing a gash in her leg. Antibiotic-resistant, "flesh-eating" entered the wound. Treatment resulted in the lost of one leg, a foot, and both hands.
Palmer writes great medical mystery thrillers, and I have read all of them. Sure, there are good guys, bad guys, conspiracy and kind, brave heros with flaws. Call it formulaic, but it works for me. I found "resistant" to be a real page-turner and a satisfying read.
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