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Based on his expertise in this rapidly evolving, morally precarious field of reproductive treatments, this novel was written by Dr. Avner Hershlag, a Yale-educated fertility specialist at the North Shore-LIJ Health System in Long Island, NY and an Associate Professor at New York and Hofstra Universities. Dr. Hershlag lives with his wife in Cold Spring Harbor, New York.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (February 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440183872
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440183874
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,090,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. D. Kaplan on August 14, 2012
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The medical mystery Misconception by Avner Hershlag has been published by iUniverse, Inc. While science fiction in medicine has been rampant, this new novel stands along with giant medical thrillers such as Sinclair Lewis' Arrowsmith, Camus' The Plague, and the more recent best seller by Abraham Verghese, Cutting for Stone, which detail the angst of the ethical physician caught in medical mystery.
Hershlag, himself a world class obstetrician and fertility expert, brings a master's understanding of the magnificence of fertilization, embryogenesis and conception to the reader. What sounds like science fiction occurs every day in his laboratory, which allows couples struggling with infertility to proceed successfully to have healthy children. His is a world of helplessness followed by the hope and happiness which is so beautifully detailed in a wonderful letter to his protagonist, a young and brilliant fertility specialist Dr. Anya Krim, from triplets born to an infertile mother in which we read "Thank you, Dr. Krim, for not giving up on our mommy. Had it not been for you, we wouldn't have come to this world." This letter tells of the joy and glory of this field. We are, however, treated to the angst of this specialty as well, including the constant concern about assuring the preservation of embryos whose lives depend on the continuous replenishment of liquid nitrogen in the freezers, the reliability of electricity and the assumption that there will be no tampering with such refrigerators by trusted employees.
In this strange test tube world, Hershlag weaves a fantastic mystery of an evil genetically disabled infertile man with Fragile "Y" syndrome who dabbles in the world of cellular cloning of animals and humans and in the world of infertility for nefarious purposes.
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This phenomenal book takes you on a journey of rapid twists and turns in the world of infertility, stem cells, and cloning. Peppered with ethics and politics; it is a page turner that begs for your time to see what will happen next.

The lead character in Misconception, Dr. Anya Krim, allows us to delve into the morality and current pressures that face physicians and the government in the rapidly changing world of medical technologies. It is clear that Hershlag is able to parlay his personal experiences as a fertility specialist into a fascinating and gripping story. This book weaves an intricate pattern of morality, deception, the desperation of infertility and the the human element of the processes involved in the ultimate quest of building a family at any cost.

I am anxious for another masterpiece from the new talent, Avner Hershlag, in the medical thriller genre!
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Fertility expert Dr. Anya Krim has DC's leading women as her patients. Currently she is working with the First Lady Janet Cartwright trying to keep her client's embryos safe from DNA alteration and from anything else, natural or otherwise that could harm them.. However, the case that intrigues her most besides her own desire for a child is that of the senator's comatose daughter Megan Tanner; the woman still in a coma for the last two years is pregnant.

Ethical and legal pressure mounts on Anya as her patients are reading about new unapproved techniques and making demands of her while the extremes of the political spectrum want to use her as a scapegoat to further their personal agendas. She understands the feelings of her patients as she too considers using some of these new untested medical breakthroughs on herself.

The key to this timely exhilarating medical thriller is that Dr. Avner Hershlag provides an insightful look at cutting edge fertility medicine without dumbing down or selecting a political agenda. With a strong lead character and a powerful support cast, aptly titled Misconception condemns the left and the right cherry picking information to defend their moral stance regardless of the victim of their so called ethnicity; the end defines the meanness of the means. Dr. Hershlag provides a winning profound look at what the health care debate ignored; the pressures a doctor faces in choosing the best care for a patient.

Harriet Klausner
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