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Not everyone wants this study to become public and there are no limits to the power of big pharmaceutical companies as Anita soon learns.
Anita ends up being whisked away to Atlanta for her protection and forced to disguise her brilliance by being an intern under residents that are less skilled than her. Parris shows pharma’s dirty business tactics, debunking the myth that the FDA and business support the public’s best interest.
It highlights the politics of drug research and funding. People are suffering with conditions that probably have inexpensive cures if drug companies and the FDA would stop getting in the way validating them. Numbers can be manipulated to look good by hiding the bad numbers just so the pharmaceutical companies can charge exorbitant amounts for marginally effective treatments, some that have serious side effects.
The book brings awareness to fibromyalgia as well as the political games researchers must play. Corporate excesses can’t help but influence some of the weaker players.
Of course there is romantic interests along the way, but I found these to be more of a distraction than a positive addition. People brought together under such stressful conditions are going to look for connection and there is some of that.
Why? A few reasons. For one, when I read a book, I don't want to have to feel like I'm attending Medical School and learning an entirely new vocabulary. Two, and this is a personal pet peeve, I don't enjoy reading about puerile sexual adventures that have almost nothing to do with the plot. Three and Four, which matter more, are as follows: 3) Glenn has a habit of writing sentences that leave you hanging as to where they're going, sometimes until the last word. It's a little like playing Sudoku. I prefer greater clarity. I want to surf the prose, not struggle for air beneath the waves. 4) He breaks the cardinal rule of POV with almost every paragraph, jumping from this POV to that POV as if it were informative and enjoyable. It's not. Here's the rule, tell us ONLY what one character is thinking. That's it. Don't break this rule. Not unless you start an entirely new chapter, and in that new chapter choose a new character and stick to that character for the ENTIRE chapter. Hope it helps. You're capable of great things Glenn.
After a very personal comment about his own experience as a physician facing the impossible hurdles of the diagnosis of fibromyalgia presents, Parris wisely opens his book in a waiting room where elderly people are awaiting assignment for a scientific trial of a new promising drug. And from there we gain access into the private and public lives of physicians Anita Thomas and Jack Wheaton who unknowingly have access to a new miracle cure for fibromyalgia. The question of whether a cheaper available safer treatment Dr. Thomas favors can overshadow the progress towards a major pharmacological breakthrough with the attendant fortunes that that would provide the owner and the prescribing physician recipients drives this story into the netherland of corruption and greed-ridden `bad guys' who will stop at nothing to accomplish their dirty goals. Along this path of descent we meet some rather unforgettable characters draw with the skill of the gifted craftsman that is Glenn Parris who takes this for-profit mindset to its logical extreme by weaving a story wherein a major pharmaceutical corporation attempts to use violent means to suppress a major medical discovery that promises to heal those suffering from fibromyalgia syndrome - at the expense of cutting down the company's profit margins. This is a fine read, not only for the fascinating story but also providing some insights into both a strange malady and the manner in which modern medicine functions. Grady Harp, August 13
Medicine is a world of it's own and like science fiction, you have to be willing to delve into a world that few see.
Dr. Parris does a great job of taking you into the depths of this world, making you wonder what will happen to these characters and turning and twisting the story enough to keep you awake at night.
Plan to read this book over the weekend, so you can make it to work the next day.
I STRONGLY recommend this book!
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