In a world not built to last, in that space between diagnosis and demise stands an army ready to give battle to disease, despair, decay, death and a few things even worse.
Cancer is your own cells gone renegade. Can this also happen to one's thoughts-the process not detected until metastatic, bioillogical and leading to the gates of apnea? One discovery now matters to Nick Fuller more than fighting all the enemies of the thorax. An unseen doorway now shines blinding light, bifurcating all possibility. The Baron of Bronchi meets a new hot shot, one with vast ability. Now a rivalry brews for the role of alpha therapist in the Respiratory Care Department and Cincinnati Sinai Hospital. Brash and unafraid of foes, the newbie is unaware of the keen cunning of his adversary. Words said in jest lead to battle. Can syllables said in haste and sarcasm change the entire national medical system?
Sinai struggles. Overclocked and multitasked the system they work inside is being propelled towards a utilitarian version of medicine, at its helm Nick Fuller. The "LAW OF THE LUNG" has not been repealed, but funding has. How will cuts affect critical care? Here Naomi dangles over a funeral man's black box; a destiny she prefers to caving into the passions that stalk her. The price of her yielding may be higher than mankind can pay and still survive.
Deceit. Jealousy. Pride. Fear. Greed. Malice. Disbelief. Where two or more are gathered there shall be friction. True at every hospital, these are amplified at Sinai by a force akin to an infection.
If your impulse control was suppressed, that dark desire you nurture in secret just might become your shameless religion.
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Frank Little is a registered respiratory therapist and lecturer. He has worked in the field of pulmonary medicine in Cincinnati, Ohio for 40 years both as a ICU specialist and a supervisor. He works at 700 bed hospital and lives in the forests east of the city, enjoying motorcycles, cabernet sauvignons, good conversation with friends and a well told joke.