Vital Signs

Vital Signs

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by Robin Cook
     
 

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Here is Robin Cook's most controversial medical thriller-the shocking story of experimental fertilization, the passion to create life, and the power to destroy it.

Just what the doctor ordered. (New York Daily News)

Vintage Cook...Nonstop action. (Kirkus Reviews) See more details below

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Here is Robin Cook's most controversial medical thriller-the shocking story of experimental fertilization, the passion to create life, and the power to destroy it.

Just what the doctor ordered. (New York Daily News)

Vintage Cook...Nonstop action. (Kirkus Reviews)

Editorial Reviews

Joe Queenan
Robin Cook, for those unfamiliar with the medical-thriller genre he dominates, is an original, one of those endearingly zany writers who give the lie to the notion that fact is stranger than fiction...."Vital Signs" is an ingratiatingly ditzy tale that takes about three hours to read, less if you don't have one eye on "Monday Night Football." What makes the book work so well is not only Dr. Cook's adamant refusal to create sane, rational characters, but also his nutty prose...."Vital Signs" is one wild, wild story. -- New York Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Cook's popular medical thrillers are designed, in part, to keep the public aware of both the technological possibilities of modern medicine and the ensuing ethical problems. His topic this time is reproductive science and the often murky baby-making business. Epidemiologist Marissa Blumenthal, seen before in Outbreak , now has a successful pediatrics practice near Boston and an affluent health-care-entrepreneur husband. But her inability to become pregnant threatens both her marriage and her career. After unsuccessful visits to a local fertility clinic, she discovers a suprising and suspicious link between her medical records and those of an inordinate number of the clinic's clients. Traveling to Australia to learn more about a worldwide in vitro fertilization organization, Marissa and her friend Wendy are trailed, and a tragedy occurs. Marissa, now accompanied by the physician whose work she had come to Australia to investigate, goes to Hong Kong and eventually China--fleeing murderous assailants every step of the way--before a billion-dollar international scam is revealed. As always, Cook enlivens predictable action and shallow characterization with medical expertise and timely subject matter. (Jan.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816153039
Publisher:
Cengage Gale
Publication date:
12/01/1991
Pages:
560

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