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Miracle Cure

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The master of medical suspense takes you to prestigious Boston Heart Institute, where some patients are dying to get well....

After a troubled past, Dr.Brian Holbrook has been given a second chance to prove himself.At state-of-the-art Boston Heart Institute, he's been chosen to join the medical team testing a new miracle drug. The initial results are so promising that Brian
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Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 5th 1999 by Bantam (first published March 2nd 1998)
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Keri
Brian Holbrook felt he was on the fast track to no where, as he was now a man with a checkered past. When he was a big shot heart doctor, he managed to get hooked on prescription medication, got busted and lost his license. In the process, he lost his wife and two daughters to divorce. But after saving a life with an off the wall diagnosis, he was given another chance to be a doctor.

Once he gets on board at Boston Heart Hospital, he realizes that the hospital involved in a medical trial using a
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Laura Rittenhouse
I always hope I'll like thrillers (the idea of a thriller is so compelling) but I rarely do (darn it anyway). This makes me wonder if I should ever rate or review them because my feedback is normally mean and probably isn't a real reflection on how thriller lovers would feel. That said, these reviews are as much for my sake - if I come across the author or even the book again in a few years and try to remember.... - as it is for other potential readers so here goes.

The premise of the book is tha
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Lynn Pembroke
My third Palmer medical thriller. I've loved them all. Can't wait to read another. It's refreshing to read good stories without having to have foul language and explicit sex scenes. Less is more. This book has twist all the way through to the epilogue.
Sharon
My feelings on this book are complicated. I read it for my anatomy/physiology class at school, and having just finished a cardiology unit, I LOVED LOVED all the cardiology nerd stuff in it. I liked the insight into a cardiologist's mind, the way a hospital works. The over-arcing plot was rather brilliant and had me guessing until it was all solved. The characters were...less than amazing, well-done I suppose but there was no one I even vaguely liked, except maybe Phil or Freeman, and that's kind ...more
Marca
Dr. Brian Holbrook, who was suspended from medicine due to drug addiction, is reinstated just in time to try to help his cardiac-patient father be part of trials for a new miracle drug that seems to cure heart disease. All is good. Until……. Exciting and scary. Michael Palmer is a doctor and I always get a little nervous reading books by practitioners who write about their fields. They write with such expertise that, even though I know it is fiction, I wonder if they know something the rest of us ...more
Hila
Dr. Brian Holbrook is trying to get back on his feet after 18 months of recovery from a prescription drug addiction which began in his youth. With his medical license revoked, he doubts he'll ever have the opportunity to work in the medical field again. But fate has other plans for him. When his father suffers a minor heart attack and is taken to White Memorial Hospital, Brian helps a former friend there diagnose a rare condition in a patient, saving the patient's life. When word of his rescue s ...more
Bob
Another Michael Palmer Medical Thriller. In this one we have Brian Holbrook. A promising quarterback who blows a knee and turns to medicine. Becoming a cardiologist he begins a successful practice only to fall to the addiction to painkillers from his knee repairs and looses his license. Working as a bouncer and at a rent-a-car agency to make ends meet he is caring for his father who has on going cardiac problems. They are in the Hospital one day to get his father tested when an emergency down th ...more
Ana
Aug 06, 2009 Ana rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of medical thrillers/drama, med students, etc.
Miracle Cure: About a former cardiologist who lost his job due to a prescription painkiller addiction originating from an old football injury. And, his father (his football coach, of course) has, rather conveniently for his son the cardiologist, pretty extensive heart problems. And, some big drug company has developed a drug to magically reverse arteriosclerosis. That's pretty much all you need to know. Seriously.

Although I'm really into medical dramas/thrillers I had a lot of problems with this
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ChrisGA
if it looks too good to be true . . . .
This is a medical thriller about the testing, promoting, and profit involved in the release of a miracle drug-one that would unclog all clogged arteries. The hero, Brian, is a brilliant doctor who had his medical license revoked due to his addiction to pain medication and his illegal efforts to feed his habit. He is given a chance to make a fresh start in prestigious teaching hospital that is actively testing and developing drugs and instruments in partner
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B.j. Thompson
An apparent cure for heart disease creates a massive headache for Dr. Brian Holbrook when he realizes nothing is as it seems. Returning to his first job as a doctor since his addiction with painkillers caused his licence to be revoked, the last thing he should be doing in questioning everything he sees in this prestigious Boston hospital. This was a fast pace thriller but I had trouble with all the medical terms involving cardiology.
Melbourne on my mind
I've read a few of Michael Palmer's medical thrillers before, and have always thoroughly enjoyed them. This was no exception. Brian Holbrook is a cardiologist - or was, before his addiction to prescription drugs (due to a knee injury from college football) caused him to self-prescribe and lose his license eighteen months earlier. But Brian gets a second chance when his father is admitted to the Boston Heart Institute, and Brian diagnoses a patient with a rare condition, saving a life.

The instit
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Deborah Hamilton
This was a great read about a young Doctor, Brian who is trying desperately to get his life back in order after becoming addicted to pain killers and losing his medical license. When Brian's father is admitted into Boston Heart Institute for chest pains, Brian is unexpectedly called in to another patients room to help a fellow doctor diagnose a dying patient. With a correct diagnoses in place, the chief of medicine is impressed and offers Brian a job at the hospital. Filled with excitement Brian ...more
Kristen
In another stellar early classic medical thriller from Michael Palmer, Miracle Cure, this one tackled finding the right cure and medical treatment for diseases. For Dr. Brian Holbrook, he received a second chance to prove himself after a troubled path. At the Boston Heart Institute, he was chosen to join the medical team on testing a new miracle drug. With results so promising, he pushed his own father to join the study and get accepted, since he had a dangerous heart condition. But later he bel ...more
Cathy Jarvis
I enjoyed medical thrillers by Robin Cook - Michael Palmer is now becoming my favorite author of that genre. This is book 7 of his I have read and could recommend any and all of them.
Zachary Marciano
In my last review on North River I explained that my underlying theme for my reading this year, was revolving around the subject of medical profession, and this book ties into that category well. This book, has a very interesting, plot in which there is a new found disease, which is very deadly, and the protagonist who must help stop it, who is a former cardiologist himself, is also trying to take care of his sick father. So, when authors try to portray a mix between a family relationship and th ...more
Scilla
Brian Holbrook lost his medical license when he became addicted to painkillers from a football injury. He has finally been hired by the Boston Heart Institute, working in cardiology and with the drug trials for a new miracle medicine, Vasclear, which appears to remove plaque from arteries. He tries and fails to get his father, who has severe heart problems, into the study. Then Brian begins to find problems with the drug, followed by serve reprimands for following up on records of participants f ...more
Marti
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Kris
This book is a medical thriller starring Dr. Michael Holbrook, former football star and one time cardiologist. After a career ending injury, Michael devotes himself to medicine and becomes a crack cardiologist, but his addiction to pain killers cuts his career short. Through a twist of fortune he gets the chance to practice once again...working at Boston Heart Institute. He finds more than he bargained for as he becomes involved with the testing of the "miracle cure" drug Vasclear. Lots of twist ...more
Katherine
boring, predictable...
Pauline
very good medical/thriller.Fast paced and very believable.
BoekenTrol
I remember liking this book. But, just before registering, I read the blurp on the back cover and found myself thinking: if a docter got banned from being a docter, how can he be practising medicine / testing a new drug? He's not allowed to then?

Well, the above says enough I guess: I'll have to re-read it to find and answer to that question. I don't know if I'll do that, because this genre is not as attractive as it used to be when I bought / read these books many years ago.
Joyce
This was a terrific medical thriller. A recovering addict Cardiologist is given a second chance at the Boston Heart Institute. He becomes part of the staff working on the testing of a new miracle drug and becomes less and less comfortable with what he is seeing happen to patients. The more he investigates, the worse the situation gets for him. The climax is exciting and the premise well done. The author's medical background only adds to the reality of the plot.
Jailan El-Rafie
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Joyce McKune
Brian was recovering from addiction to pain killers and trying to get a job in his field of Medicine when his father had a severe heart problem. While with his father at the ER, a Dr. he'd done his residency with asked for his opinion in another case, he saved the day and was offered a job at the hospital. He almost lost it and his life when he started to probe the heart medication that was being tested.
Cecilia
Jan 16, 2009 Cecilia is currently reading it
It's really good so far. I'm getting so into it. There's this guy who lost his license to practice medicine because of a drug addiction and when his dad gets a heart attck, he saves someone's life in the hospital and lands a job right there and that gets him his license back. I love Palmer's books. He writes medical dramas and seems to be very well informed on the law as well.
Pbwritr
Another really good book by this author--who actually wrote me back! I do have to admit that the conspiracy plot was getting a little old, and the idea that the U.S. government and a medical center are experimenting with chemical weapons and their antidotes on healthy people stretches belief. Still, a fun read. (I think I have this plot mixed up with that of another book)
Maurean
This one was pretty good; my first read of Palmers work. The storyline evolved around an experiment miracle drug used to cure heart patients of clogged coronary arteries. Although there were some very obvious plot points that made it easy to discern what would happen next, overall, it was still somewhat suspenseful. I imagine I will read more of Palmer's books
Jennifer
Very suspenseful. I enjoyed the corruption within a hospital setting as well as the fact that the main character wasn't perfect in any way. I was kept wondering how Brian Holbrook (MD) was being monitored by the "bad guys" up until the end. There were a few moments when I felt bogged down with medical jargon, but it wasn't often enough to lose interest.
Karen
One of those "medical" mysteries...I like the way the author writes. A new heart drug is about to be approved by the FDA and the main character finds out all the testing is bogus. The ending gets a little bit hokey but overall a good read. Gives you a little bit of insight in to what goes on for a drug to be approved for use.
Sorcha
Dec 08, 2011 Sorcha rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010
Found in the back of the cupboard (ahem!)[return]

Run of the mill story of a Doctor, struck off for stealing drugs, finally getting back to work, only to get involved with a new cardio drug being trialled and rushed through FDA.

So-So read, started getting bored and skimming 2/3rds of the way through
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Michael Palmer, M.D., 1942-2013, was the author of Political Suicide, Oath of Office, A Heartbeat Away, The Last Surgeon, The Second Opinion, The First Patient, The Fifth Vial, The Society, Fatal, The Patient, Miracle Cure, Critical Judgment, Silent Treatment, Natural Causes, Extreme Measures, Flashback, Side Effects, and The Sisterhood. His books have been translated into thirty-five languages.

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