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Scares the health service consumer, not a Robin Cook thriller
on July 29, 2008
I thought that this book would be a medical thriller, as so many of Robin Cook's book are. Instead, I found a brief series of anedoctal medical cases, described by a barely fictional intern. The book has little to no plot. The series of patients problems described are brief and repeatedly focus on just how poorly trained, exhausted and frightened the intern in the book is, over and over. It IS frightening to know that though this book was written in 1972, little has change in the life of an intern. The intern is "turned out" to function on his own and when he consults the full fledged physicans, they cannot be bothered with his quantries. THIS is the FRIGHT that Robin Cook has placed in a supposed medical thriller. Save your money to read his more recent, truly medical thrillers, if that is the genre you are looking for. This book will just leave you with a fear of your next trip to the ER or for surgery. Certainly, there HAS to be genuinely educationed, experienced, and compassionate physicans out there, but from reading this book, you won't be assured that this is the best medical care that you will find for your medical conditions.