Foreign Body

Foreign Body

Book - 2008
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A series of unexplained deaths in foreign hospitals sends an idealistic UCLA medical student on a desperate search for answers, in this chilling tale from the master of the medical thriller. Jennifer Hernandez is a fourth-year medical student at UCLA, just completing an elective in general surgery, whose world is shattered during a break in an otherwise ordinary day. While relaxing in the surgical lounge of L.A.as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, she half-listens to a piece on medical tourism, where first-world citizens travel to third-world countries for surgery. But when she hears her beloved grandmotheras name mentioned, her own heart nearly stops: the CNN reporter says Maria Suarez-Hernandez had died, a day after undergoing a hip replacement in New Delhias Queen Victoria Hospital. Maria had raised Jennifer and her brothers from infancy, and their bond was unshakable. Still, the news that Maria had traveled to India was a shock to Jennifer, until she realized that it was the only viable option for the hardworking yet uninsured woman. Devastated, and desperate for answers, Jennifer takes emergency leave from school and heads to India, where relations with local officials go from sympathetic to sour as she presses for more information. With the discovery of other unexplained deaths followed by hasty cremations, Jennifer reaches out to her mentor, New York City medical examiner Dr. Laurie Montgomery, who has her own deep connection to Maria. Laurie, along with her husband, Dr. Jack Stapleton, rushes to the younger womanas side, discovering a sophisticated medical facility with little margin for error. As the death count grows, so do the questions, leading Laurie and Jenniferto unveil a sinister, multilayered conspiracy of global proportions.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2008.
ISBN: 9780399155024
Branch Call Number: COO
Characteristics: viii, 236 pages ; 25 cm

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Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 14, 2014

I had no idea Robin Cook was such an awful writer! Were his earlier books better, perhaps? Stilted dialogue, painfully awkward settings and scenarios, implausible plot lines...I really haven't read much that was worse than this.

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sunshineagain
Sep 11, 2012

I'm interested enough to finish this book. However, I don't know how this edition ever passed the editor. It is mind numbingly repetitive. Whenever a character finds out what you the reader already know, Cook re-explains it. This happens dozens of times throughout the book. Also, spanning the course of a few days make it drag on and on.

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rslade
Dec 08, 2011

Cook's works are very decent thrillers, with the added bonus of his medical knowledge. The writing and plotting is quite decent even without the technical accuracy. His characters tend to be fairly stock, but are also reasonably detailed and complex (although often rather contradictory). This book addresses two very interesting medical themes. The first is that of medical tourism. Some of the risk factors; the siphoning off of health money to "hospitals" that only deal with "high margin" procedures, and have no resources to deal with bad outcomes; are described peripherally to the plot. The book also looks at the money involved in (US) health insurance and health management companies, and the lengths people are willing to go to in order to protect that wealth.

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Sep 11, 2012

sunshineagain thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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prokerryotic
Mar 11, 2010

Laurie and Jack Stapleton travel to India and learn about an American conspiracy in regards to medical tourism

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