Fatal Cure

Fatal Cure From the master of the medical thriller comes a heart stopping tale of intrigue and mystery set at the uncertain juncture of medical care and financial pragmatism a story that reads like today s headl

  • Title: Fatal Cure
  • Author: Robin Cook Bärbel Arnold
  • ISBN: 9780330337021
  • Page: 153
  • Format: Unknown Binding
  • From the master of the medical thriller comes a heart stopping tale of intrigue and mystery set at the uncertain juncture of medical care and financial pragmatism a story that reads like today s headlines Fatal Cure is a hair raising, timely foray into the dark side of medical reform, proving that with managed care the unthinkable can be as close as the local hospital.From the master of the medical thriller comes a heart stopping tale of intrigue and mystery set at the uncertain juncture of medical care and financial pragmatism a story that reads like today s headlines Fatal Cure is a hair raising, timely foray into the dark side of medical reform, proving that with managed care the unthinkable can be as close as the local hospital Doctors Angela and David Wilson believe they have found personal and professional bliss when they opt to leave the university medical center for Bartlet Community Hospital, a modern, state of the art medical facility in scenic Bartlet, Vermont For Angela, a pathologist, and David, an internist primary care physician, Bartlet seems to be a dream come true a town with green lawns and crystal lakes that is an idyllic haven from urban crime and pollution a chance for a home of their own and a resurgence of romance in their relationship a perfect environment for their eight year old daughter, Nikki, who suffers from cystic fibrosis and the opportunity to work within an enlightened system of managed care But all is not what it seems After a resplendent fall, a stark landscape looms in Bartlet that reveals than the skeletons of the trees Gradually at first and then at a quickening pace, the Wilsons earthly Nirvana disintegrates as mysterious, unexplained deaths become than coincidences The deadly nightmare of their life threatens them all, even Nikki, the most vulnerable Fighting for their careers as well as for the very survival of their family, Angela and David must conquer the evil that confronts each of them before they are consumed by the horror Mystery thriller and romance, a story rich inmedical lore, Fatal Cure is Robin Cook at his probing, timely, page turning best.

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    1. I continue to read Robin Cook's novels because they are always suspenseful, with clearly drawn characters, some of whom are the goody-goodies, and others who are the villains. Also he brings something a little different to the thriller by writing about medical situations, an area he knows about as he is a physician. Fatal Cure, insofar as all of this is concerned, is no exception. I read it in only two days so clearly it is a suspenseful story. However, I never think of his novels as being worth [...]

    2. Robin Cook was an MD, and he is apparently disgruntled with theway the medical field is managed. I don't disagree with him, but reading about it was not much fun. The plot was a bit far-fetched, and the characters were a bit flat. I won't say they were two-dimensional, but I wouldn't go three, either. Is there a 2.5 dimension?

    3. I don't expect high art from Robin Cook. However, his other books tend to have satisfying endings. This one ended rather abruptly and the shadow of doubt over the main characters was never resolved. Sure, it may be more true to real life than everything tied up in a neat package, but hey, if you're going to make me fear ever going to the doctor again, give me the bow.

    4. Two young doctors complete their residencies in Boston and move out to a small community hospital in the country town of Bartlet, with their nine year old daughter, who has a chronic respiratory condition. With surprisingly high pay packets, two mortgages being offered by the Bank to purchase their own house, and the beautiful countryside, its fresh air and lack of pollution perfect for Nicki’s health condition, it all seems to be too good to be true. And so it proves. The discovery of a body [...]

    5. In Fatal Cure, David and Angela Wilson are young doctors who have relocated to Vermont to work in a state of the art medical facility while raising their daughter, who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis. All is not as happy as it seems in this little small town Nirvana. The hospital is in financial trouble due to a contract with an HMO. Patients are dying unexpectedly, and the people at the hospital don’t care.This novel is very heavy handed in its approach. It’s more about making political statem [...]

    6. I think that this book is pretty good so far. I also like the medical aspect of the bookpared to the 1st part, the second part is much better.

    7. In this book, Robin Cook did an amazing job of keeping you on the edge of your seat. The Wilson’s family moved to Bartlet after a serious of unfortunate events in their life. Bankruptcy and a robbery were just a part of the life they were living. They moved to Bartlet in hopes that it would be a better life for them but something different than what they were asking for. The first few days were awesome until things around the town started seeming suspicious. A suicide of a doctor occurs becaus [...]

    8. I deleted this review by accident but I wanted to say a couple of words about the book. Read it last September 2012 as a new author for me. The book was slow at 1st but picked up steam and really sent the reader in unexpected twists and turns.While I thought a story based on healthcare would be boring it proved me wrong. The story was good to borderline great. The underlying problem that is causing medical health histaria is so on the mark with this book that it left me wondering about my own me [...]

    9. The author of this book is in love with his own intelligence. He uses so much medical jargon that it is annoying. He also has an ongoing sexual harassment between an employee and employer while the husband of our victim is constantly demeaning his wife. I only gave this book the 2nd star because through out the book I couldn't guess how the patients were being killed and I kept turning the pages to figure it out.

    10. Малко по-добра от последните книги на Робин Кук които ми попаднаха, но все пак страдаща от главния му недостатък - авторът просто не може да създава реални персонажи.Наистина, всичките му герои са толкова глупави, че на моменти ми се иска да има как да ги ударя. Книжката иначе [...]

    11. Although this medical thriller was written almost 25 years ago, it poses some interesting issues about managed care and capitation rates for health care providers, whose interest in profits might eclipse patients’ best interests. The story line itself is a bit over wrought and bizarre but it held my interest to the end.

    12. Story of a young doctor couple who moved to a small town hospital for work and ended up messing their career and life. Another story of Robin Cook exposing the darker side of managed healthcare.

    13. It's robin cook so I'm fairly certain it involves doctors and hospitals. I don't really remember much else.

    14. Honestly, not a bad book all told, but I have to admit that a large part of me was hoping that the annoying husband would die and that's what kept me reading. Intriguing. Mild swearing, sex.

    15. I have been a Robin Cook fan since his very first book. I recently reread this one as I am always re-reading old favorites. I am not quite sure what it is I love about this book but I do love it. In the small Vermont town of Bartlet, people are dying mysterious deaths at Barlet Community Hospital and retired doctor (and former hospital administrator) Dr. Hodges wants to know why. He crashes a hospital board meeting, waving the files of several of his former patients, all now dead for strange rea [...]

    16. Había comprado esta novela hace ya unos tres años y el librero que me atendió me dijo que era una obra sumamente interesante, con una calidad de suspenso casi igual a la de otros autores como Stephen King (aunque no estoy 100% seguro de comparar una cosa con la otra, pues cada quien es único en su estilo) Cabe decir que la compré de segunda, porque en aquella época, mis estudios frustrados de diseño gráfico no me permitían comprar libros nuevos.No en balde, fue hasta hace una semana que [...]

    17. Beginning very confusing and hard to get into, although once it got started, it moved very quickly. Seemed very familiar; another rant against HMOs.

    18. Honestly, I had a love-hate relationship with this book the entire time I was reading it. Mostly hate-hate, though. I don't think I would have gotten through the novel had I not been trying to escape end of the year homework and studying for finals. It was so long and tedious, and just plain boring for more than half the book. And I am not kidding when I say half the book. Nothing. Happens. At. All. It's, like, 500 pages and 200 of those could be thrown away, thanks to the excess and unnecessary [...]

    19. Hasta podría decir que no me gustó, pero sólo es por el final, así que decidí dejarlo en dos estrellas.La razón más fuerte para que no me gustara este libro fue que durante todas las páginas le da vueltas y más vueltas a las muertes misteriosas en el hospital, todo para que al final dejara de escribir de repente. Encontraron a los malos en un par de páginas, se acabó todo y a la siguiente página ya eran cuatro meses después y la historia estaba estancada.Otra cosa mala es la forma e [...]

    20. Robin Cook has carved a niche for himself with medical thrillers (Coma is probably his most famous work). In Fatal Cure, we have two doctors, a husband and wife moved from crime-ridden Boston to a community hospital in Vermont. Initially things look ideal for them and their daughter, Nikki, who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis. Then things start to go wrong. David has his patients dying mysteriously, with the same vague symptoms and he hasn't a clue as to why they deteriorated so rapidly. He is also [...]

    21. I was not very fond of the book “Fatal Cure" at the beginning, but after a while it began to grow on me. This writing piece is one of those stories that move at a very slow pace with details on every individual event and setting. But don’t let this slow pace novel fool you about the fact that it can be an action packed thriller. The only problem is that the author starts off with a very dull and bland plot. I recommend this book to readers that enjoy books that a slow pace plot soon builds u [...]

    22. Not the best from Robin Cook, but, none-the-less, an unusual premise for a story - starts out slow and builds to a fast-paced climax. Doctors Angela and David Wilson, along with their daughter Nikki, leave the urban life in Boston to relocate to the quaint small town of Bartlet, Vermont. They both find jobs at Bartlet Community Hospital, a modern state-of-the-art medical facility. This is a dream come true for Angela, a pathologist and David, an internist/primary care physician. But things turn [...]

    23. I really did enjoy the main moral of the story that health insurance is corrupt (this book was written in 1994), but the execution was really sloppy, but at the same time I could not stop reading this when I sat down with it.Most of the men were raging sexist douche bags, and Angela irritated me on occasion that has nothing to do with her "hysteria" which was such a bullshit plot point, but that could have been another point made by the author since I hated most of the male characters. I rated i [...]

    24. Bartlet est une charmante petite ville américaine. Pourtant, David et Angela Wilson, deux jeunes médecins plein d'espoir et de confiance dans la science, vont bien vite regretter de s'y être installés. Ils commencent par découvrir que, plus qu'ailleurs, mieux vaut y être riche et en bonne santé que pauvre et malade : on réprimande les médecins prescrivant des actes jugés onéreux et les remboursements sont plus qu'aléatoires. Plus grave : les malades de David commencent à mourir un p [...]

    25. The good thing about Cook's books is that I don't feel so guilty about reading them instead of studying. You always end up learning something. The storyline is interesting and I really liked the characters, the were outlined well. Although I have to say, it was weird reading a Cook book without his recurring pathologists, not necessarily weird in a bad way.On the downside, I don't think the critiche that Cook wanted to do about the American Healthcare system just fell a bit short on my opinion, [...]

    26. Un roman médical intéressant au quel Robin Cook a mis l'accent sur la négligence de l'assurance maladie et beaucoup d'autres problèmes pouvant exister dans les hôpitaux .J'ai aimais le style simple et sympa de l'écrivain qui transporte le lecteur au scène d’évènements et qui le rend vivre l'histoire . J'ai aimais aussi le vocabulaire médicale clair qu'il a utilisé .Par contre ,ça m'a parut trop trop long et j'ai espéré quelque chose plus fort que ça surtout après avoir lire son [...]

    27. Robin Cook has a message that she/he hammers home: government involvement in healthcare is bad, bad, so super duper bad that he/she felt obliged to write a droll story with flat characters and a predictable plot line where the HMO doctors are bad, bad, so super duper bad that they sexually harass the pretty new pathologist, sulk when they lose at a friendly game of tennis, and yes folks, they even sanction chronic rapes in the parking lot of the hospital. These are BAD people, Robin yells at us. [...]

    28. Another classic A really long and good book to keep you coming back for more. The characters strike you as a little stupid because the conclusions and diagnosis is all out there. If I can figure it out, surely the doctor-couple could :). While you're waiting endlessly for this to happen, Cook has managed to unleash several nightmares, all leading up to a delicious, satisfying and a nail biting climax. Too many unwanted deaths but they start becoming predictable. You learn to grow unattached to t [...]

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