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"Absorbing...provocative."—The Houston Chronicle

About the Author

Robin Cook, M.D., is the author of more than thirty books and is credited with popularizing the medical thriller with his wildly successful first novel, Coma. He divides his time among Florida, New Hampshire, and Boston. His most recent novels include Host, Cell, and Nano.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; Reissue edition (January 4, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451112601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451157973
  • ASIN: 0451157974
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #469,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Like many of his other books, "Brain" starts out with a rather good story that can hold readers' attention until the end. The core message is human experimentation, and in this case the brain's functions as an example. The beginning of the story fills with mysterious deaths that slowly draw our good doctors into a trap. Cook has the talent to explain medical technicality in simple terms, to discuss medical and ethical issues that are relevant to the society, and to display the day-to-day life of the medical professionals. Unfortunately, most of his novels suffer from abrupt and bizzare endings that read more like a sci-fi movie script: In "Brain", the human brain and spinal cord can be kept alive and functioning in a jar of liquid (remember RoboCop 2?). In "Chromosome 6", a jungle turns into "Planet Apes". In "Toxin", the final investigation of the meat factory reads like a James Bond movie. So, despite the wonderful starts and the real messages carried by the stories, there is always somewhat a letdown in the end. I have been hoping to find a good ending in Cook's novel. If the readers are interested in human experimentation, I highly recommend the book "The Plutonium Files", which are real stories about the nuclear research and experimentation conducted by the US military during and after WWII.
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By A Customer on July 23, 2002
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From the back of the book "Martin Philips and Denise Sanger were Doctors, Lovers-and desperately afraid. Both of them suspected that something was wrong - terribly wrong - in the great medical research center where they worked." What is causing so many patients to die on the operating table? Why is it only females? Read this book to find out. However; don't be disappointed, as this is not one of the better works by Robin Cook.
Being an avid fan of Robin Cook, this book was definitely not his best work. Though enjoyable, I didn't find it as gripping as some of his other works and can only give this an average rating. Normally once I start a Cook novel I have a hard time putting it down but I didn't have that problem with this one. Not boring, but not as gripping and fast paced as some of his other works. In his usual manner, Mr. Cook is successful in describing the characters and setting the scenes with minimal words and doesn't drag it out as many authors do.
I found this book to be plausible yet was able to see through the plot from the very beginning. However, like most of his novels, this book will have you thinking hard about some of the goings on in the medical world today. When I hear or see something on the news regarding a medical breakthrough, I immediately begin thinking about the many Cook novels I have read.
For all of you Cook fans, like his many other novels, keep the dictionary handy for looking up those various medical terms. If you are new to Mr. Cook, I recommend starting with one of his other novels; but the same holds true for you as well about the dictionary.
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By A Customer on June 7, 1999
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I know some people have found it too technical but for me it was the best ever. For someone on the medical field who understands the terminology, the book is great. I was very surprised at the end since I had no idea who was behind all that was happening. I have read several of Cook's books as well as other medical thrillers but I think this was one of the best that I had ever read!
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When I downloaded this book to my Kindle, I had not realized that it was written in 1979. I am a great Robin Cook fan and thought I had read all his books. This is one I had missed, so was glad to get a chance to read it because, to me, it was one of his best. The twist in the last 10 percent of the book caught me completely by surprise, and reminded me that at that time in Cook's life he used that technique more than he does now. As a retired computer-using chemical engineer, it was very interesting to have the state of computer technology in 1979 accurately described, and to be reminded of the astounding progress we have made since then - except in the field of artificial intelligence, in which they were ahead, due to some illegal and stomach-turning research that comes to light near the end of the book - involving four young women with strange symptoms being analysed by the central character, a noted young radiologist. If you too missed reading this one, I am pretty sure you will like it. By the way, as typical with Cook, the book is filled with medical terms, and made me glad for my Kindle with built-in dictionary.
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This book is about a medical center that goes from saving lives to taking lives, like one of Cook's other books, Godplayer, only this one is about brain surgery. It may have been done before, but this book makes the plot of removing unsuspecting surgical patient's brains to make a supercomputer and is very disturbing. If you don't like to read descriptions of people's brains being disposed of and removed in the most gut-wrenching ways or if you can't understand complicated scientific jargon about how the brain interacts with computers, don't read this. If you do, read IT!!!!!!!
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