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A Simple Cure: Melanoma, Our Worst Nightmare by [Gold, Lawrence]
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Biography: I was born in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, moved to Queens, and then, as New Yorkers say, my family ascended to the Island. After graduating from Valley Stream Central High School, I went to Adelphi, a college then, a university now, and then to medical school in Chicago. The war in Vietnam interrupted my postgraduate medical training with a year in Colorado Springs and another as a Battalion Surgeon in Vietnam. I spent seven months in the Central Highlands with the 4th Infantry and five months in an evacuation hospital in Long Binh outside Saigon where I ran the emergency room. I returned intact in 1968 to complete my training in internal medicine and diseases of the kidney, nephrology. I worked for twenty-three years in Berkeley, California in a hospital-based practice and served as Chief of Internal Medicine and Family Practice. For many years, I was an active member of the quality assurance committee. We retired in October 1995 before fate could intervene. We sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge for a life at sea in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. Four years later, exhausted from repairing everything on board, (often many times) we sold the sailboat and within a year took the lazy man’s out; we bought a Nordic Tug trawler. We motored around Florida, the Bahamas, and the entire East Coast and Canada. I’ve written nine novels, five in the Brier Hospital Series, and one non-fiction book, I Love My Doctor, But…, a lighthearted look at the patient/doctor relationship. I write primarily to entertain, but I can’t help but pass on to readers observations and beliefs culled from years of practice, and yes, my biases, too. I strive for realism in portraying the medical scene which is gripping enough without melodrama or gimmicks. With even a minor degree of success in writing novels, comes responsibility to readers. I attempt to produce honest material that reflects my beliefs. Exposing these beliefs to the public through my writing requires courage, stupidity, or both. My fans have been generous, and although nobody enjoys criticism, I’ve learned much from that, too. The novel that expresses most clearly my candor, and my bias, is For the Love of God. The novel reflects my attitudes toward those who are willing to sacrifice the lives of their children for their personal religious beliefs. We live in beautiful Grass Valley with 15 year old Mike, a terrier mix and Bennie, an 8 year old Yorkie who just looks like he’s on steroids.

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  • File Size: 715 KB
  • Print Length: 383 pages
  • Publisher: Grass Valley Publishing (August 16, 2013)
  • Publication Date: August 16, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ELWQ4IA
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Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the doors of a research laboratory or a pharmaceutical? In this thriller, A Simple Cure, Dr. Gold takes you on a trip behind the scene where two different companies with two different values come together in search of a cure for malignant melanoma. Short on funding, People for Alternative Treatment (PAT), who specialize in finding cures for rare diseases merges with Kendall Pharmaceuticals, a company who pushes all buttons to get what they want at all costs, even if it means their clinical trials may kill.

The main character in this story is Terri Powell, who after losing her husband to malignant melanoma, becomes completely relentless in finding a cure for the disease. At the start of the novel, a courier carrying an experimental vaccine used for tuberculosis that has shown promising results in treating malignant melanoma is killed, immediately after everything begins to spiral out of control.

Even after some pretty horrific side-effects, Kendall still has high expectations of using the vaccine in clinical trials, after receiving a batch of the vaccine, that unknown to them is contaminated. The reason is totally monetary, as the tuberculosis vaccine, after being administered to the lab rats looks to have cured the melanoma. However the other alarming side effects that come later are dismissed. This dismissal however comes at a high cost, when one of lab employees who is about to disclose them is killed and other are being harassed and threatened.

This is a fast paced thriller that takes the reader on a spine tingling ride. Personally, I have not known anyone with this form of cancer and really hadn't given it much consideration. I had no idea how aggressive malignant melanoma can be and how it affects the body.
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Well, I read over all of the glowing reviews of this book (all ten reviews at the time of this writing are 5 stars), and I wonder if they were reading the same book I tried to read.

I enjoy a good thriller but it was very difficult to get into the storyline and characters, the pacing seemed off, and a person would hope the varying storylines would start to come together in a more solid way vs. way off in the distance. Trying to keep it all straight, and remotely interesting, made my head hurt on more than one occasion and I had to quit reading at the 31% mark on my Kindle as life is just too short.

I picked this up for free during a Kindle promotion and, as I type up this review I see the pricing has reverted to $4.99 – I would give this one a pass.
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This book is written by a physician, and it is well-written. He explains the technical sides of things well for those who do not understand all the medical jargon. Falls a little flat at the end, but still a good read.
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This is another in the list of books by Dr. Gold that I have read and I love it as much as the others.
The story will grab you right from the beginning and keep you sitting on the edge of your seat until the very end.
If any reader has medical background, you will find this book factual in the medical aspects while also being a good fictional work. I have to say when ever I see that a book is written by Dr. Gold I grab it without even reading the description. I know it will be great.

The story is well written, flows smoothly and is easy to follow. The characters are real life and you will relate to them easily.

This book takes the reader on a search for the cure for malignant melanoma. This type of cancer is not common, but it does cause deaths almost every hour. The rate of occurence has tripled in the last 20 years. Ever wonder why we see so many ads about sun block. This is one of the reasons.

The husband of Dr. Terri Powell died from this skin cancer. She went further in her studies to be able to do research in skin cancer so that she may prevent others from death like her husband.

A drug courier is killed in order to get an experimental and promising treatment for malignant melanoma. This theft unleashes a chain of devastating consequences.

PAT a company created to find cures for rare diseases has fallen on hard times and was bought out by Kendall Pharmaceuticals. Kendal has very different ethics than PAT. Here is where the story gets frightening.

I recommend this book for age 14 and up. I recommend this book for anyone who wants to see how companies work, and why we should prevent companies from the ability to lobby our Congressmen. The Congressmen get a kickback from the companies and sometimes bad and harmful things can happen.
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Boy this book takes you on a wild ride. I love action thrillers and it certain had that. I'm also a nurse and a cancer survivor (not melanoma) so understood what the patients were going through. There were a couple scenarios in the hospital that were off. Also the punctuation and and some grammar need editing. If you like medical thrillers I would check this one out!
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One word came to mind when considering a review of this book: 'staccato'....as the telling of the tale jumps all over the place like someone waving around a machine-gun on automatic!
Then: there's the confusing time-lines ... the author traces the actions of a plethora of scenarios that make up this novel - but while one aspect may be weeks apart, other stories go on day-to-day; at one stage there is a discrepancy of two whole years!
Add the sprinkling of grammatical errors to the mix and it tries the patience somewhat to follow the plot and keep reading....STILL: I did!!!!
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