When Joyce and Norman had twin boys, they knew their family was just about perfect...Both boys were gifted and went on to into Medical School...
Until the Accident...
But both boys survived thankfully. It was Luke, however, that had been seriously hurt and, afterward, they realized that he had acquired Asperger's Syndrome, which is normally discovered at birth. Additionally it was discovered that he was a Savant now...and with most of the symptoms of Asperger's, Luke became a stranger in a strange world he hadn't a clue to live in... Perhaps a part of my love for this book is because of my personal relationship with a relative of mine, as I was reminded of the various issues that we saw as our little boy grew up... I'm not going to tell much about Part I which is about the twins and the family adjustments and decisions that needed to be made. It is both heartbreaking and heartwarming, the latter because of the closeness of the family and, in particular, Luke's twin brother, David...
In fact. I was so involved with the family drama, that I was shocked when suddenly the whole story switched into an entirely different story! But that's when the medical thriller for which Dr. Gold is becoming well know with his Brier Hospital Series, really takes off...and, as always, the main character for the series. Dr. Jacob Weizman, who represents the spirit of the series, takes on his important role at the Hospital...
Once again, we are looking at the actions of government operations and find that there is much being done that could lead to catastrophes, by accident, but also on purpose! And, when there is somebody watching, the type of criminal acts can be stopped through the sometimes dangerous action of a whistleblower...I am thankful he took the chance...
But even the exciting action you'll be reading did not deter me from watching and mostly enjoying the work of the twin doctors who soon were in the spotlight whenever some puzzling case needed to be solved. Dr. Gold has done an outstanding job in creating medical settings in which our new Savant could not only help, but add his skills to solve many cases that were not able to be addressed by others. Kudos, Dr. Gold, for tackling and sharing about this important problem, autism, as it increases for many more people than in the past...
I believe this one is a must-read so that readers will become more informed about Asperger Syndrome... But, adding this drama into an exciting, suspense medical thriller made this book a personal favorite for 2017. Highly recommended!
MY THOUGHTS We are so quick to judge a person by their outside appearance, what we've heard about them instead of their abilities, their attitude and their drive. What would it be like to have an identical twin suffer lifelong injuries from an auto accident when you survive OK? David and Luke Hyatt, getting ready to begin practicing medicine were in an automobile accident. David survives but Luke, not so lucky. He has a head injury and acquires Asperger's. Luke is extremely intelligent, but will this injury cause doubt with his peers, the health world and most importantly, his patients . Will being different be accepted with his intelligence and talent or will he be shunned and feared? We place labels on people, everyone does it and everyone is under a label or more than one. What makes a person unable to be a functional, good person, a person that can be a good doctor, because he or she is different? We are all different in one way or another. Does that put our intelligence or our talents on the back burner? IF we were all the same, where would the world be? We'd be stuck in a time warp, where we wouldn't advance in anything, because we'd all think the same, look the same and be looked at the same.
So will Luke be looked at for what he can do and achieve? For the help he can give as a doctor to his patients? Or will his dream of being a doctor be lost because of a LABEL? Luke is struggling with getting adjusted to his "new" world. Can he survive in a world that has been created for people who are different, because we see them as different? Maybe we should all step back and think how we would feel, how we would react and how hard it is to be LABELED?The author gives us a book that not only is interesting but thought provoking. It makes you think between the lines and as you're turning the pages. Next time you look at someone with a handicap and a disease of some sort, stop and think, it could be YOU! Many of these people are highly intelligent, good caring people with a lot to offer society. We need to look further than the surface. The author, through a good fictional book, gives the reader to reflect on the way we look at others. Another wonderful interesting, well written, suspenseful, thought provoking and well, just another darn good book from this author. He never fails to go just a step higher with each book he writes.
I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily decided to review it.
Lawrence W. Gold, MD is a physician/author who takes risks with his books: his previous ‘BRIER HOSPITAL’ books - FIRST, DO NO HARM, NO CURE FOR MURDER, THE SIXTH SENSE, TORTURED MEMORY, THE PLAGUE WITHIN, TRAPPED, HYBRID, STATE OF MIND, VECTOR RED, OUT OF DARKNES – and FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, RAGE, A SIMPLE CURE, DEADLY PASSAGE - are stories that revealed some rather grim aspects of the medical profession. (For those who follow Dr. Gold's literary output then the mention of his warmly humorous book I LOVE MY DOCTOR, BUT...must be included as a sidebar). Gold has retired from medicine (he was a Nephrologist, having served as a Battalion Surgeon in Vietnam at the same time as this reviewer) and it is understandable that he wishes to uses his patently obvious skills as a writer as his post-medical career. One wonders why he continues to use the MD after his name in this successful second career, but perhaps the intent is to add validity to his writing.
This novel is an exploration of the autism and the medical responsibility to not desert patients for whom life means only confusion both personally and for the family and loved ones. ‘An automobile accident shatters the near-perfect lives of David and Luke Hyatt, identical twins. David survives intact, but Luke nearly dies from his injuries. The residue of Luke’s head injury is an acquired form of Asperger’s. The twins had graduated from medical school and were about to enter an internship at Brier Hospital in Berkeley. Although Luke is gifted with savant-like intelligence, can he continue his career in medicine? Will health professionals, administrators, and patients themselves accept Luke as a physician or succumb to the petty fear of someone different, or is it time for the world to consider the value of an individual beyond his or her label?’
Lawrence W. Gold, MD has written some fine medico-centric novels that have brought him a degree of fame in the literary world. His role as a novelist is matched only by his continuing concern for medicine as it is practiced today and how very much more humanistic it needs to become if we are to maintain the dignity of physicians and the sanctity of human life. Grady Harp, July 17 This book is free on Kindle Unlimited
This review is based on a free copy received directly from the author but reflects my own unbiased opinion.
Luke and David Hyatt are twins that are both excellent students and athletes on their way to medical school. A car accident puts Luke into a coma. When he comes out of it, he is affected by a form of Asperger Syndrome.
Luke's condition affects his social skills but make him a savant in other areas, including a photographic memory.
David and Luke become residents of Brier Hospital and form an interesting team. David prepares individuals for Luke's quirks up front andluke's abilities allow him to diagnose virtually any condition and know all research that has been done in the area instantly.
I gave not seen ABC's show The Good Doctor but I assume that character is similar to Luke. The author does an excellent job on bringing Luke along as he learns to deal with his condition and to learn how not to offend others.
The book brings in intrigue as a cover-up involving computer chips sold to The government, brings a mysterious military patient to Brier. Luke and David need to figure out what is wrong with the patient, how to treat him, and how to unravel the secrets he has.
I have read several Brier Hospital tales by this author and this is one of the best. I give it a full 5 stars!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a "House"/Crime Thriller. Despite Luke's Asperger's due to an accident, he has uncanny abilities to diagnose difficult cases. He is called in to help on the mysterious illness of Colonel Tay Carson. Col. Carson had been contacted by an anonymous caller with information about a government cover up. Now the Colonel is in a coma and no one can figure out why. Others in his circle have become sick or have died. The clock ticks for Luke to find the cause of the illness and the Colonel's best friend, Conrad (Connie) Silver to find out who is behind all of this. Medical drama, cyber hacking, whistleblowing, cover ups...this book has it all. (I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily provided this review.)
This novel will make you think twice before you label people with Asperger syndrome. They are usually highly intelligent--more so then the "normal" person. They do have problems with socialization--but they can learn to deal with that if they decide they want to.
When Luke Hyatt was in a car accident he acquired a form of Asperger's. Prior to the accident he and his identical twin were residents at Briar Hospital. Will Luke be allowed to continue?
The struggles that Luke encounters both professionally and personally will alternately make you want to laugh or cry. His encyclopedic mind will astound you!