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The defects of government-controlled medicine are dramatized effectively in this page-turning story of the love of a brilliant physician for a beautiful ballerina who becomes his patient.

---MILTON FRIEDMAN, Nobel laureate economist

 

Salutary tale of what can happen to medical breakthroughs if Big Government claws even deeper into our healthcare system!

---STEVE FORBES, President and CEO, Forbes magazine

 

. . . an intriguing novel about how unintended consequences of good intentions can have a devastating impact on the healing professions. Unfortunately for us, Noble Vision, while a novel, comes too close to describing today's reality in medical practice. As such, it should serve as a wake-up call to free medical practice from the heavy hand of government.

---WALTER WILLIAMS, syndicated columnist

 

. . . Noble Vision is a chilling suspense story, with an intricate plot that thickens as the author explores deeper and deeper into the lives and minds of the characters. A well-researched . . . sensitively written . . . inherently captivating novel of suspense, Noble Vision is very highly recommended reading.

---MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW

 

Gen LaGreca’s novel does more to debunk the theory of nationalized healthcare than 90-percent of the non-fiction rebuttals on the market. It illustrates through a well-crafted plot the evils of bureaucratically managed healthcare while entertaining the reader at the same time. . . . The mounting conflicts of this lovingly sculpted first novel will keep you turning pages well into the night.

---LAISSEZ FAIRE BOOKS

 

A gripping story superimposed on today's threats to quality medical care. It's a great novel standing on its own, even without any medicine in it. However, this remarkable book also demonstrates the dire results of medical decisions made by non-medical bureaucrats and power-hungry politicians. Admittedly a novel, it is filled with truths of today.

---EDWARD ANNIS, MD, Past President, American Medical Association

 

The novel deals with some of the most serious issues of the day, lending the story an immediacy and vibrancy. The author's prose is polished and professional.

---WRITER'S DIGEST magazine

 

It was a wonderful surprise and a great joy to discover Noble Vision. It is an absolute page-turner of a novel with a strong pro-market message.

---JOHN BLUNDELL, author of Margaret Thatcher: A Portrait of the Iron Lady

 

. . . a novel about liberty . . . If you like Ayn Rand's novels, you'll like this one.

---EZRA LEVANT, publisher, The Western Standard

 

. . . [Noble Vision] captivated me from beginning to end. Its grim vision of the near future---or is it the present?---of medicine is all too accurate. Can a few men and women of principle turn it around? One must have hope.

---JANE ORIENT, MD, Executive Director, Association of American Physicians and Surgeons

 

The novel both communicates and concretizes important philosophical insights and also deals with a very important practical problem, i.e. the future of medical care in the United States. It is truly a pleasure to read a first class novel which incorporates Ayn Rand's philosophy.

---JOHN ALLISON, Chairman of the Board, BB&T

 

A beautifully crafted and completely engaging novel. I read it in one sitting. It made me want to stand up and cheer!

---JAMES VAWTER, MD

 

Noble Vision takes on a controversial issue---health care and what is wrong with it. It's an inspiring, eye-opening book that the general public will enjoy and a must-read for healthcare professionals.

---HUNTSVILLE TIMES, Alabama

 

A remarkable first novel . . .

---GALEN INSTITUTE, Health Policy Matters

 

Noble Vision is a fine read. I got so drawn into the characters and plot. It reminded me of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead.

---JUDITH KLEINFELD, PhD, University of Alaska psychology professor and author of Go for It!

 

Noble Vision is a wonderful literary achievement. An extraordinary hero, a tender love story, a fascinating medical discovery, and an intense family conflict are dramatically interwoven in a plot that surprises and delights.

---EDITH PACKER, JD, PhD, psychologist

 

Noble Vision is a suspenseful tale of one surgeon’s heroic struggle to save his work and the woman he loves. It inspires us to search inside ourselves for what we know to be true---and to seek the courage to live by it. Intertwined with her gripping plot, the author presents a convincing repudiation of the presumed benevolence of socialized medicine. Truly a story for every patient and every physician!

---BETH HAYNES, MD

 

A fiction reader’s delight! Noble Vision has villains you will despise and heroes you’d love to meet. Add intrigue, betrayal, romance---you’ll be captured till the end and long for Gen LaGreca’s next novel!

---KAREN TIERNEY, MD

 

Noble Vision is a medical thriller that tackles pressing issues in medicine today, and there's romance, too. The writing, plot, and pacing knocked my socks off. I'm a very picky editor, so if I say this author can write, she can write!

---KATHARINE O'MOORE-KLOPF, KOK Edit

About the Author

People who are inspired by the novels and philosophy of Ayn Rand will enjoy this author's work.

 

Genevieve (Gen) LaGreca won two national literary awards for Noble Vision, her gripping novel about a visionary doctor who wants to practice medicine by his own judgment and conscience, but his state’s health system requires otherwise. The novel won a ForeWord magazine Book-of-the-Year Award and was a finalist in the Writer’s Digest 13th international book awards---two of the most prestigious honors in the world of independent publishing.

 

Gen is a former pharmaceutical chemist and a fiction and social-commentary writer. She’s been a guest on the Glenn Beck Show, and her commentaries have appeared in the Orange County Register, Daily Caller, Real Clear Politics, Rocky Mountain News, Gainesville Sun, and other publications. She has been a lively guest speaker at the national conference, FreedomFest, and she has discussed her gripping novel on the Barry Farber Show and other talk-radio programs.

 

Asked what moved her to write Noble Vision, author Gen LaGreca replies, “After years of working in the healthcare industry, I feel as if I’m witnessing the slow death of something great, something that shouldn’t be allowed to die---America’s gold standard of medicine.” Why did she choose to write fiction? “Ever since I read Gone With the Wind at age 13, I’ve been enthralled by sweeping novels that capture a historic moment in an unforgettable way. I wanted to tell the story of what’s happening in medicine today---how it, too, could be gone with the wind---through the spellbinding magic of fiction.”

 

Gen is currently working on two more novels, and she has completed the screenplay adaptation of Noble Vision. For more information, see: www.WingedVictoryPress.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Winged Victory Press (January 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974457949
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974457949
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,997,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I don't usually write book reviews for novels or books that generally are considered to be works of "fiction," although I regularly read a great many novels for my own enjoyment, merely for the sake of recreation. Now and then, however, a novel comes along that I consider to be a work of "fiction that makes an important point." This is the case with Gen LaGreca's new novel, "Noble Vision." Written in the tradition of Ayn Rand's "The Fountainhead" and Dean Koontz's "Dark Rivers of the Heart," LaGreca's book does, indeed, "make an important point," and does it superbly. The battlefield is sociopolitical geography and the war is rational individualism against state totalitarianism.

The basic plot of the novel is really quite simple, but the philosophical ramifications are profound. Dr. David Lang, a noted and successful neurosurgeon, has discovered a way to regenerate nerve tissue. The government (of the state of New York, in this case) will not allow him to try his experimental procedure on Nicole Hudson, a professional ballerina who has become blind because of a fall which occurred during an explosion at the theater where she was performing. And why can't Dr. Lang help Nicole to possibly regain her sight with his new medical breakthrough? Well, because medical practice in New York is now regulated by the state's socialized medicine program (named, interestingly enough, "CareFree"), and Dr. Lang's procedure has not yet been "officially" approved. It doesn't matter, of course, that Nicole, as his patient, has granted him permission to try the new procedure.
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In many ways, this book is reminiscent of Ayn Rand's, The Fountainhead. The struggle of the neurosurgeon, David Lang, to do his work his way, is similar to the struggle of Howard Roark, but, in many ways, the struggle is more intense. Every medical student and resident should read this book. It is both an exceptionally well written novel in the great romantic tradition, and a warning of nightmarish consequences for every patient, if the government continues to increase its death grip over medicine.
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Since I work in medicine Gen LaGreca's novel was especially pleasurable. The novel starts off the exceptionally talented Nicole Hudson performing at a ballet titled Triumph. It is a rewriting of the myths of Prometheus and Pandora. Prometheus brings fire to man and Zeus to punish him chains him to a rock. In an effort to punish Man, Zeus gives Pandora a golden box which as you know she opens. However, the ballet is rewritten where Pandora frees Prometheus and together they banish the evil released by the box and weather the wrath of Zeus. In a not so subtle effort at foreshadowing, the novel follows this basic plot. Dr. David Lang is a brilliant neurosurgeon who pioneers a technique to regenerate severed nerve tissues such as spinal cords and optic nerves. He lives in a New York State where there is socialized medicine but more advanced than that in current day Massachusetts. He and his fellow doctors are bound by rolls and rolls of red tape. The program called Carefree has seized complete control of medicine and punishes doctors with heavy fines and even jail for disobedience. To obtain treatments for patients doctors must plead with bureaucrats for approval. The fees are set by the state so even if a doctor performs 12 hours of surgery, the state will only pay for 6. Dr. Lang is unhappily married to Marie who is a general practitioner who each step of her life chose to appease the majority. He does enjoy the company of his brother Randy Lang who is the president of the hospital and seems more pragmatic. Dr. Lang finds relief and joy in stealing away to watch Nicole Hudson dance in Triumph. Then one day she is blinded in an accident while on the stage. Her career is at an end and her one means of happiness is cut off from her unless Dr.Read more ›
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I discovered this book almost by accident, and I'm very glad I did. Noble Vision is so well written that virtually any reader, myself included, would believe the author to be a seasoned novelist --- but she isn't. This is Gen LaGreca's first novel.

As with any work of futuristic fiction, a certain degree of 'suspension of disbelief' is required. But in Noble Vision, that degree is not very high because the state of medical care, the book's milieu, is so eerily close to what we have today under Medicare, Medicaid, and the myriad HMOs across America.

The two main characters, 23-year old ballerina Nicole Hudson, and neuro-surgeon /neurological researcher David Lang, want nothing more than to pursue their own lives and personal dreams --- undictated to by others. But while Nicole has attained her hard-won goal by dancing the lead in a unique, classical ballet, before a packed house on Broadway, Dr. Lang is deeply frustrated by having to work under the constant watchful eye of a fledgling bureaucracy called CareFree, New York's state-run HMO. Not only must he justify every operation on every patient, but his breakthrough discovery in nerve regeneration, to which he's devoted seven years of research and his own funds, is now under CareFree's thumb as well. He must present his progress toward proving his theory to CareFree's Department of Medical Research in order legally to continue his nerve tissue experiments.

When Nicole sustains a life-altering injury that will end her dancing career, she and other victims of an explosion arrive at the one hospital where David has operating privileges. Upon examining her with a colleague, David sees that Nicole is an ideal candidate for his nerve re-growth treatment.
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