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The Neurology of Angels Perfect Paperback – August 29, 2008
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The real story here was centered on the personal choices, intertwined family life, strained friendships and how we make hard decisions to prioritize the balance between our work and our family. The main character goes into medical research due to a loss of a loved one, and he is set on finding a cure for a rare neurological disorder. In the process he loses his family, as his wife leaves him and takes their daughter. I was in the middle of some very difficult personal family issues myself when reading and often found tears streaming down my face, in part because the pain and loss is so well depicted, and then obviously because it struck such a strong chord with me.
I do not want to spoil the rest of the story, because it is a very good one. The issues are well documented, including the medical research (or at least I assume they were not being a neurological scientist) and the political framing. I recommend the book highly as an emotional and touching depiction of choices and love and as a great backdrop for an important debate on health care.
What makes it refreshing is the author actually does the math and tells how much it costs in labor and dollars to save the lives of children with rare diseases and dares to offer an idea that is "out of the box" and could possibly help some of them. Another important aspect of this story is that it clearly shows that traditional approaches will not solve our healthcare problems and we need a lot more bright people working on "out of the box", solutions. Sixty thousand dollars for an injection that allows one child to live another four months makes it appallingly clear that just throwing money at these problems is not going to solve them.
This story works through the struggles that pit parents, politicians and researchers against each other, yet surprisingly, it is a feel good book. The characters are flawed, but each want desperately to save the children and they are likable and real. The problems they face are clearly illustrated, and they are the same problems that touch everyone confronted by illness and disease.Read more ›
'The Neurology of Angels' is a beautifully written, deep and important story, with a very endearing cast of characters. You can't help but to care about them and what happens in their lives.
I highly recommend this book; especially to those with a thoughtful concern for our health care system, and for morals and principles. And to those who just want to read a good story, too.
I'd also encourage you to look into these two websites: <...>, featuring facts and further thoughts from the author.
I will be looking happily forward to reading Krista Tibbs's next novel.
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"Sick children are angels on loan." - Elizabeth Rose, mother of Sera
When children's lives are at stake, the intense determination of their loved ones to find a solution... Read more
The Neurology of Angels is an intense read. The plot is very believable and could very well be true to life. Read morePublished on November 5, 2009 by Sheri A. Wilkinson
I think this is a book that everyone should read in light of current politics. The story is reminiscent of Michael Crichton's works: a story told to dramatize an area of science... Read morePublished on August 29, 2009 by Jennifer Osterman
Once in awhile there comes along a book that is written from the heart. Neurology of Angels tells a story that is all too familiar to a parent who has a child that is sick, when... Read morePublished on February 27, 2009 by BevE
One of the thing I love about the First Reads program is that I get to read books that I wouldn't necessarily be drawn to otherwise. Read morePublished on February 22, 2009 by thewaspyfeminist
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story flowed nicely and easily kept my attention. I was dismayed to realize that with the author's backround in research, I can only assume... Read morePublished on November 30, 2008 by Kate
In her debut novel, The Neurology of Angels, Krista Tibbs explores the political, economic and personal issues surrounding the pharmaceutical industry in the US. Read morePublished on November 19, 2008 by Zara Stevens
The Neurology of Angels is a highly entertaining and thought-provoking novel. I found the narrative compelling and the issues raised extremely relevant, especially in an election... Read morePublished on September 4, 2008 by D. Salerni