A Case of Need

A Case of Need

by Michael Crichton, Jeffery Hudson

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The author of cutting-edge bestsellers like Jurassic Park and The Andromeda Strain, Michael Crichton captivated millions of fans by skillfully blending medical and scientific fact with pulse-pounding fiction.

Written shortly after Crichton completed his medical internship, A Case of Need depicts the ever-building pressure and pace of a large Boston medical center. Tensions flare—and explode—when a surgical operation tragically ends in death, raising countless questions. Was it accidental malpractice? A violation of the Hippocratic oath? Or cold-blooded murder?
Supplemented with the author’s fascinating appendices on the ethics of modern medicine, A Case of Need is powerful, compelling, informative, and suspenseful—classic Crichton at his best.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451210630
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/05/2003
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 118,105
Product dimensions: 6.88(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Michael Crichton was the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the groundbreaking novels The Andromeda StrainThe Great Train RobberyJurassic Park, Disclosure, Prey, State of Fear, Timeline, Sphere, and Congo, among many others. His books have sold more than 200 million copies worldwide, have been translated into thirty-eight languages, and have provided the basis for fifteen feature films. He was the director of the films WestworldComaThe Great Train Robbery, and Looker, as well as the creator of the television series ER. Crichton remains the only writer to have a number one book, movie, and TV show in the same year. He died in 2008.


Los Angeles, California

Date of Birth:

October 23, 1942

Date of Death:

November 4, 2008

Place of Birth:

Chicago, Illinois

Place of Death:

Los Angeles, California


B.A.. in Anthropology, Harvard University, 1964; M.D., Harvard Medical School, 1969

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"I love anything Michael Crichton writes, but his early medical thrillers have been favorites of mine." -Stephen King

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A Case of Need 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, Chrichton is one of my favorite authors. He usually does a good job integrating his wide knowledge of science into an entertaining story. However, this book was a little boring. It does a good job of explaining things about medicine and things like abortion issues. But this book was kind of boring through most of it. But the last few chapters got very interesting as the big mystery finally unravelled. not a bad book at all, but not the best either.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Silly, a doctor runs around for days playing detective for a friend. It was way too obvious "who done it" too & that was early on. This book is really outdated too. These issues are no longer issues, I was surprised that, according to this book at least, that abortions were so easy to get from an actual doctor while they were illegal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hard to stay focused throughout the book. I was very disappointed in the way it was written. His later books are superb but this one was just plain lame. I was shocked to see such good reviews on this. To each his own....I think he is a great writer but this seemed to be written too quickly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Went into this book with no expectations. Found it to be a page-turner, what's on the next page great read. Relevant for its time, and still today. Recommend this read.
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Ericnwest on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very early Michael Crichton, written under the name of Jeffrey Hudson, while he was 26 years old. A weak plot, dragged down by his use of footnotes to explain medical terms. Written in '68 and very dated.
kakadoo202 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
for sure one of his earlier books and not so action packed. interesting but the end leaves you wish for more substance.
kasualkafe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Michael Crichton , a favorite author of mine`s , first book. I have read some favorable amazon reviews but must differ from them. I gave it a 3 rating so I liked it as the book kept my interest and I enjoyed the medical knowledge (or future knowledge when I look up a half-dozen items) it contained. But , the drama of his later books are clearly superior , and I think it is obvious that this is a weaker precursor of greater things to come. Some touted the plot twists , or the writing , or the conclusion as wonderful writing. I didn`t think the plots twisted enough , I thought too many threads were left dangling in the end , and the writing was just solid , not engrossing. That being said , it is still a worthy quick read , that does pose the moral questions of abortion and a glimpse of the social mind 40 yrs ago.
kimvadan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Prey is a novel that talks about how nano-technology is used by a company to create tiny cameras for the military. On the outset this is harmless except that these cameras are programmed to learn from their past mistakes. This makes them dangerous and imperative to the scientists and programmers to finish them off as soon as possible. But there are more hassles than anyone bargained for.An excellent read for anyone who like science fiction and has dabbled in science sometime at school.
Omrythea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Immersion into a compelling and interesting story.
lauriemk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
So this is apparently Michael Crichton's first book, written back in the late 1960s under a pen name. It wasn't the best written book, I think you could tell it was by a first-time author, but it wasn't too bad. It is basically about some doctors involved in doing abortions before Roe v. Wade, and was mostly interesting to me as a historical piece. It was crazy to see how much scandal and legal problems were caused by these doctors doing abortions in some cases, but also how much the medical community kind of accepted it as well. It was kind of like watching an old movie, in which it is hard to judge a lot of the characters as they live in a world so different from our own (all the doctors had wives who stayed home with the kids, and did whatever their husbands said. LOTS of smoking.) So it was interesting, but I don't say rush out and read it.
GlennBell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent story and author. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Could not put it down. Like candy.
MichaelDeavers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Stimulating Story that kept my interest. A Case of Need is a stimulating story that kept my interest and I found that it was hard to put down. It educated s on some of the arguments for both sides of the abortion issue while maintaining a very good story line and character set. The plot revolves around who performed an illegal abortion on a girl from an affluent family. As you read on you that the abortion killed the girl, so the person who performed the abortion is guilty of murder. For medical thriller fans I would highly recommend this book.
shrut on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Thought-provoking story, full of suspense...
LouCypher on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very good medical thriller. Caught me a little off guard I had not realized it was a reprint of a 1968 story Crichton had written under the name Jeffery Hudson I thought it was a little newer and some of the actions of people were definitely not 90's ish. It seems a little sad that in 1968 there were the same problems with abortion as we still have today 40 years later.
moonshineandrosefire on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When a young woman dies mysteriously on the operating table and her physician is charged with murder, his colleague is drawn into a world of sex and drugs in order to clear his name. I liked this story although the ending was a little hard to follow. I give it a B+!
CarlaR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good look at the writer that Crichton would grow up to be. Since I was born in 1973 I never knew what it was like before Roe v. Wade, but I am sure that at that time this book was pretty edgy, just as his books today are. I enjoyed this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not the best crichton book ive ever read although i did enjoy the medical learnings. But what is up with michael crichhton and his hangup abiut female body hair? Secondbook ive read of his that includes that sub theme.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They borrow themes from their "other lives" but how many authors have these other lifes to borrow from. i was not a great fan of his subgenre and combos of sci fi med fantasy but truely admire his imagination and the movies made from his writings
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's very rare that I find a book that I just can't put down. I usually lose interest in books quickly, but this one is different. I wanted to know what was going to happen next, who was guilty and who was innocent, and how the book was going to end. I just could not put it down and actually finished it in a few days, which does not happen with me EVER. One of the best books I've ever read.
K_C More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read by him. In my opinion there was way too much explaining of medical terms, etc . Not too bad though. I will try another by this author and then decide.