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Marie Heaton, una giovane e stimata anestesista in una delle cliniche più importanti di Seattle, è ancora single e vive della grande passione per il suo lavoro. Ma un giorno, durante un banale intervento, una piccola paziente di nome Jolene muore per un inspiegabile arresto cardiaco. Disperata, la madre della bimba decide di far causa all'anestesista per negligenza. Da que ...more
Hardcover, A, 416 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Giunti (first published July 1st 2008)
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Carol
Jan 19, 2010 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Well, not really fair to rate and review your own book, is it. I liked it! Hope you do.
Connie
Review to come...good first book

This is a first novel by real life Dr. Carol Cassella and a good first novel it was. We are taken into the world of Dr. Marie Heaton, an anesthesiologist who works in the hectic, fast paced setting of a Seattle hospital. Her personal life and family life is not very exciting and she lives for the work she does. When something goes terribly wrong under her watch, she is thrown into a whirlwind of guilt, veiled accusations and legal woes and wonders if the world sh
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JoAnn/QuAppelle
This was interesting material but I thought the book was just okay. Too many words at many points in the book, too many times when the narrator just went on and on and on....and then the ending seemed hurried.

I really got annoyed with reading, over and over, about how guilty Marie felt and also about her moping around. The dreariness of her everyday life and the too-long descriptions of her angst were just too much and did nothing to advance the story. Enough already!

I found myself getting ann
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Thomas
Oxygen is about Dr. Marie Heaton, an established anesthesiologist at the tip of her career. Her life is consumed with putting people out of their pain and supplying them with oxygen; her entire existence revolves around her work. However her carefully constructed lifestyle falls apart when one of her patients dies on her operating table. Soon enough a malpractice suit is filed against her by a single mom who has lost her only child - also, she has to deal with her father's vision loss and their ...more
Elyse
Oct 06, 2010 Elyse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.6 stars!

Easy Fast read! I enjoyed this book --(it was 'good' --not GREAT). The protagonist of this story --[the anestesiologist], is a single woman who when not at the hospital spends her 'off' time at home -- --collapsed in bed filled with guilt, and anxiety. She is frightened and is losing her confident as a physician. It was her first time she "lost a child".

A large section of this book, (middle section) was somewhat annoying because while reading about this doctor wrestle with her consci
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Elizabeth
Nov 21, 2009 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I expected this book to be a fluff read. You know, a good book to read on a beach. Well, since it's winter here in Minnesota, maybe I should just say, a good book to curl up by the fireplace with. It was definitely much more than that. I request books from my library that I've read reviews of or heard about from friends. This one had so many requests. I've been waiting so long, I've forgotten where I heard about it.


Dr. Marie Heaton is a dedicated anesthesiologist. She loves the technical aspect
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Nancy
Jun 18, 2013 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed Marie's unusual perspective on the world. She has a way of looking through people's exteriors, straight into the depths of their organs and right down to their little microscopic cells. That is a bit depressing, as she is constantly evaluating people's various degrees of corporeal decay; and also refreshingly equalizing, as gradual corporeal decay is the inevitable fate shared among all living creatures.

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Carol
Oct 13, 2009 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you believe that author’s should write what they know you should like this book. And even if you think that’s not true, as some authors do, you’ll appreciate that Carol Wiley Cassella brings her profession as an anesthesiologist to life in the pages of her debut novel, Oxygen. As oxygen (the gas) is required for breathing, Cassella’s book is equally breathtaking. Though there is an element of mystery to the story, it is really more an exploration of the medical system and its inadequacies. It ...more
Denise
Jun 09, 2010 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.0 out of 5 stars A breath of fresh air in the medical thriller genre....., September 7, 2008

This review is from: Oxygen: A Novel (Hardcover)

I'm an RN and I love medical thrillers. For the past several years, however, it's been tough to find really good ones about something new and different. This really wasn't a "thriller" per se, but it was a novel that had a hint of mystery in it -- the goal -- to find out what caused the sudden, inexplicable death of an 8 year old girl on the operating roo
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Michelle
Nov 26, 2009 Michelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
I'm not sure how to rate this. There were parts I loved and parts that didn't do it for me. What I liked: the premise, the plot twist (also enjoyed that the twist had its OWN twist), and the tension created at the end of the book that kept me anxiously reading. What I didn't like: the B storyline (just wasn't into it and kept wanting to get back to what was happening in Seattle), too much medical jargon at the beginning that made it sterile at first, and, frankly, the protagonist. I just couldn' ...more
LJ
OXYGEN (Novel/Med. Mys- Dr. Marie Heaton-Seattle-Cont) – Good
Cassella, Carol – 1st book
Simon & Schuster, 2008, US Hardcover – ISBN: 1416556109

First Sentence: People feel so strong, so durable.

Dr. Marie Heaton is a skilled anesthesiologist. Her life is off track and her career at risk when a child dies during surgery and Marie is being sued for malpractice. Although she tries to keep working, she must work to find out exactly what happened during the operation in order to retain her career, f
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Carolyn Gerk
Oxygen follows the story of Dr. Marie Heaton, anesthesiologist as she deals with a case in which an eight year old patient dies on the operating table.
An interesting topic, kind of felt like a slow moving Grey's Anatomy episode. The information about anesthesiology was interesting, I enjoyed heaton's reflections about the power of putting a person to sleep and holding them safely in a pain free lull during crisis. Some beautiful writing and observations are scattered throughout the novel.
Howev
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Sharon
Aug 25, 2016 Sharon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
Good book. The medical parts were very well written. The agony of the main character was a bit much, but the storyline was exciting and I wanted to keep reading to see how it would all turn out.
Julie
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Karen
Aug 31, 2008 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Review of Oxygen: A Novel by Carol Cassella

Carol Cassella’s mixture of mystery and medical thriller, supported by the authenticity of her many years as an anesthesiologist, results in her page turning debut book, Oxygen: A Novel. Casella’s Dr. Marie Heaton is also an anesthesiologist who is passionate and professional about her life’s work. She works at Seattle’s First Lutheran Hospital where she prides herself in the care and expertise with which she conducts her everyday life as a physician
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Amy
May 21, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Marie Heaton’s life is her work as an anesthesiologist. She has friends, but they’re comprised of colleagues who live the same hectic, work-centric life as she. Forced to take a leave of absence from her demanding job, she finds herself returning to her most important relationships – those with her family – for support and for reparation.

Oxygen is a novel about a single medical mistake with an unconscionable result. It is about a doctor who, while struggling with guilt, refuses to be crushe
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Marialyce
This book was fair. It was semi interesting as we learn of an anesthesiologist's world and the struggle this particular doctor goes through in order to retain her good name and find a balance in her life and family. It was a book of many misunderstandings in the life of Dr. Heaton who is accused of manslaughter in the case of a young girl she surgically treated.

There are so twists and turns as the doctor assumes a defense/detective role in discovering the how and why of the child's death. Of co
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Jen
Sep 16, 2016 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this one up after I had seen several good reviews of it and I am so glad that I did. I just gobble up any kind of medical drama and I am so glad to say that I have found a new author to love after reading this. The writing, the story, the setting it all worked really well for me in this book. I was interested to learn more about anesthesiologists and this book opened my eyes to just how involved their jobs are. It is so much more than pushing IV drugs into someone. I know it is a profes ...more
Tj
Jan 24, 2012 Tj rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I can't believe I stuck with this one just for this one little plot twist. I should apply the same dedication to exercising and this author should keep her day job. Like, being an anesthesiologist isn't fun enough, gotta be an author too?
Roslyn
Mar 02, 2017 Roslyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review coming (hopefully).
Antof9
This book had me intrigued at page 2, and I wasn't happy when I had to put it down for interruptions. The technical medical parts I found fascinating, with enough explanation for me to believe even if I didn't necessarily understand them. Not only is it a really interesting medical "mystery", so to speak, but I thought it was very well written.

I really liked this passage. Even though I'm not a doctor, my mom taught me these things, too:
I'm sure my mother never suspected she was raising a doctor.
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Maddy
Mar 15, 2010 Maddy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tops, 2008-reads
PROTAGONIST: Dr. Marie Heaton, anesthesiologist
SETTING: Seattle and Texas
SERIES: Debut
RATING: 4.75

When I think about members of the medical profession, I mostly consider their technical skills and bedside manner. As far as their motivation for choosing this type of career, I mostly assume that they are looking for financial security and perhaps have some sense of doing good for others. I never really thought about how deep those feelings could be until I read this book. The lead character, Dr. M
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Jim Thomsen
Jul 29, 2010 Jim Thomsen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carol Cassella's debut novel is a medical thriller wrapped in the well-made and warm comforts of a literary novel. The author's carefully crafted, richly nuanced, minor-key prose calls to mind the work of fellow Bainbridge Islander David Guterson, who is cited in the book's acknowledgements as a friend and helpmate.

The story: Dr. Marie Heaton, an anesthesiologist at a Seattle hospital, is traumatized in more ways than one when a child dies on the operating table under her care. As she searches
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Stephen Gallup
Dec 17, 2011 Stephen Gallup rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An interesting WSJ article by a surgeon (on how doctors are haunted by ghosts of procedures that didn't go well) reminded me that I had not posted a review of this excellent novel. I suppose I delayed because I admired Oxygen so much that I wanted to do it justice.

First of all, because of my background I'm a sucker for both nonfiction and fiction on the subject of medicine. In a blog post going live this week, I speculate that, since I once aspired to a career in that profession, I may at times
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Amanda G. Stevens
Anesthesiologist Marie Heaton might be responsible for the death of one of her patients. It's a winningly simple, inherently emotional premise, and author Carol Cassella takes the pathos three steps further. Said patient Jolene is eight years old, mentally retarded, and the only child of a lower-class, single mother. Marie is, of course, driven to find the cause of Jolene's death. Could she have prevented it? Did she miss something in her preliminary evaluation? Stakes rise when the girl's mothe ...more
Elizabeth *Swords for Fighting*
was a little weary when I first picked up Oxygen. A story about an anesthesiologist? Definitely not my usual read, but I was pleasantly surprised. Oxygen was a great read! It reminded me of a hospital drama television show like Grey's Anatomy. The reader can most certainly tell that a doctor wrote this book. The medical terminology, equipment, procedures, and anything else medical related seemed extremely accurate and realistic to me.

Marie is an anesthesiologist who has a young child die on th
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Kathleen Hagen
Oxygen, by Carol Cassella, narrated by Jennifer Ikeda, produced by, and borrowed from Recorded Books.

This is a debut novel by a freelance medical writer and a practicing anesthesiologist. It is worthy of standing alongside the best medical thrillers. We are introduced here to Dr. Marie Heaton, a very successful anesthesiologist who loves her work and passionately cares about each patient she helps come through an operation. She works for an undr-staffed overburdened hospital, First Lutheran, in
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Fredsky
Jan 16, 2009 Fredsky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any pre-meds or even pre-ops!
Recommended to Fredsky by: Eileen
The next time your anesthesiologist looks you in the eyes and shoots a syringe of something into your I.V., don't have read this book already.

Our heroine, Dr. Marie Heaton, an experienced anesthesiologist, is naive in the ways of the normal functioning world. She doesn't read men very well, she doesn't seem suspicious of lawyers until it's too late, and she appears to have no prior knowledge that hospitals are big business and that big business will cheerfully and resolutely bite, crunch, chew
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Jane
Jun 02, 2009 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bunnie and others who enjoy medical fiction
Recommended to Jane by: Seattle Times Newspaper
The author, Carol Cassella, is a practicing anesthesiologist working in Washington. Her book is the story of a female anesthesiologist who loses a young patient during surgery. Dr. Heaton tries desperately to come to terms with the child's death, questioning her own actions during the surgery. While battling her own emotions, fears, and thoughts pertaining to the child's death she is also dealing with the malpractice and possible criminal negligence suit arising from this situation, as well as d ...more
Laine
Jan 26, 2009 Laine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first I wondered why I was even reading this book. It seemed to be about another supremely narcissistic doctor moaning about unpaid medical school loans while living in a downtown loft with beautiful skylines. Or caterwauling about the lack of spouse/child fully expecting to be able to order said spouse/child in the mid to late thirties in the way the rest of us would order a turkey for Thanksgiving. Oh god. The stress of being in one of the most elite professions ever, with concurrent high s ...more
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Carol Cassella, M.D. is a practicing physician and national bestselling author of two novels, Oxygen (2008) and Healer (2010), both published by Simon & Schuster and translated into more than a dozen languages. She majored in English Literature at Duke University and attended Baylor College of Medicine. Carol is board certified in both internal medicine and anesthesiology, and practiced primar ...more
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