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Coma

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  40,518 Ratings  ·  537 Reviews
They call it "minor surgery," but Nancy Greenly, Sean Berman, and a dozen others, all admitted to Memorial Hospital for routine procedures, are victims of the same inexplicable, hideous tragedy on the operating table. They never wake up again.

Some traceless error in anesthesia has cased irreversible brain death, leaving each of them in a hopeless coma.

Something is very wro
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Paperback, 308 pages
Published December 13th 1977 by Signet (first published 1977)
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Nayra.Hassan
Feb 21, 2016 Nayra.Hassan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: medical-horror
عندما يكف الأطباء عن العلاج و تخفيف الألم
و يبدأون في القتل و التجارة بالألم
روبين كوك "طبيب اديب "يحول الطب في روايته لكابوس..يحول المستشفى من مكان نحمل إليه آلامنا و جراحنا كي نتخفف منها..لمكان تنتهي فيه الحياة ...و تبدأ غيبوبة أسوأ من الموت

في حبكة ذكية و سابقة لعصرها. .عن تجارة الاعضاء
نلهث وراء سوزان طالبة الطب الفطنة التي تتدرب في مستشفى بوسطن و تلاحظ كثرة حالات الغيبوبة بين شباب اصحاء. .يدخلون على قدميهم و يخرجون على ظهورهم إلى معهد غامض لعلاج الغيبوبة.
لتصطدم هناك بمافيا السوق السوداء للاعضا
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Brian
Oct 28, 2011 Brian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
* Coma starts out so well and encompasses such a wonderfully sinister plot that it's a shame it had to be written by Robin Cook. I read the author's Shock not too long ago. In the nearly 25 years that had elapsed between the publication of the books, Cook clearly hadn't learned a thing about creating believable characters or plot complications. Why should he, when his books are bestsellers?

* Cook writes like a bad TV show: if you don't approach it passively, you can't possibly enjoy it. That's h
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Terri Lynn
I first read this in 1977 at age 18 when it first came out and was a Robin Cook fan thereafter. I decided to re-read it this month and compare what my 18 year old self thought with what my 53 year old self thinks.

Third year medical student Susan Wheeler , along with 4 male medical school classmates, are assigned to Boston Memorial Hospital to begin learning first hand about surgery and patient care.

There are some aspects of this book and about women in medicine that I really want to discuss. I
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Ramkumar  R
Dec 26, 2015 Ramkumar R rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime_mystery
An intresting thriller . The suspense built gradually from the very beginning and by the last few chapters was moving rapidly. As in any good suspense story, the author provides at least four conceivably potential perpetrators, yet the reader has no idea who the real culprit is until the very end, the same literary device found in nearly all suspense novels and Robin Cook pulls it off wonderfully well.
Asghar Abbas
Apr 29, 2016 Asghar Abbas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


I am not even hesitant to grant it a well deserved five star rating. What a truly scary book this was, about what humanity does best; subject their own kind to man made horror, and that's the worst kind. A frightening tale Herr Docktor had cooked for us ( tell me you saw what I just did there, hehe anyway ) because not only it's possible but probable that we are capable of this. It's all about the possibilities, isn't it? No, wait. It's all about the endings. Parallels could be drawn that trusti
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Kavita Ramesh
Aug 13, 2015 Kavita Ramesh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first medical thriller, and I enjoyed it enough to stay up all night long to finish it (much to the irritation of my then roommate).
Gregory
Apr 22, 2009 Gregory rated it really liked it
Okay, who hasn't read this book or seen the movie? It was a phenomenon in its day. And it was a decent suspense, thriller novel. But the only Cook novel I ever read.
Marc
Sep 10, 2008 Marc rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Coma" is a medical mystery/thriller by Robin Cook. It was the initial book that earned him the reputation as a successful author. It's a pretty good book. A little weird in places. And the main character has all the common sense of a doorknob.

Susan is a third year medical student in Boston just starting her first day at Memorial hospital. She soon comes into contact with two patients who have inexplicably ended up in comas. For some reason, she immediately becomes obsessed with these comas and
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♛ Garima ♛

My father is huge fan of Mr. Cook, I'm still bit skeptical trying - what if I don't like it? ?
Mitch
Nov 01, 2012 Mitch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who knew that I would enjoy a medical thriller? This genre is new to me. And I recently read a book about a coma in a totally different genre ("Anything But Ordinary" by my lovely neighbour Lara Avery) and when I found this book on my bookshelf my interest of comas and the mind during comas (it's so fricken mysterious) made me pick it up. And BOY OH BOY am I glad I did!

The following may or may not contain spoilers.

Susan Wheeler is a young and beautiful (of course) medical student who discovers t
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Shailesh Niroula
Well to start with the positives:
Great start to the story. It gives the reader glance into the life of a medical student. Plus the medical details are vivid and as a medical student myself, I thoroughly enjoyed the first 40 pages.
That is when everything goes plummeting down. The story takes a bizzaire twist. And I just couldnot comprehend the fact that a 3rd year medical student on the first day of her rotation will begin a crusade to bring down the almighty Dr. Stark. Also I didn't like the sup
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Stephanie
Oct 17, 2008 Stephanie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was the worst author I have ever read. He tries to describe everything and he fails. You know, you read a book and you basically see it in your head like a movie... no this guy didn't succeed at all. He tried, but did not succeed.. poor Robin. I will never read another book by him.
On the contrary, I did like the idea for the book. I am an aspiring doctor so I love ANYTHING within the medical field :)
Corey
Dec 10, 2013 Corey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was in the mood for a fast-paced thriller and this isn't it. The writing is dreadful and I quit after 100 pages.
Julia Madeleine
Mar 16, 2011 Julia Madeleine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was huge when it first came out. I read it when I was in my teens and loved it. It was probably the first medical thriller I've ever read. I saw the movie when it was released staring Michael Douglas (love those books to movies), and back then it was pretty scary. Probably that was due in large part to my youth. Everything is scarier when you're a kid.

The premise of this book is wicked; going into the hospital for routine surgery and never waking up from the anesthetic. I think that ap
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Joyce
Re-reading this today, it's hard to imagine this book could have caused such a stir when it was first published in the 70s and that it could have generated an entire sub genre--the Medical Thriller. I bet it wouldn't even be published today: cardboard characters, a plot almost anyone can see right through and identify the villain (although I don't remember that being so easy when I read it when it was published), the ridiculous amount of medical information--the bad guy falls and it's his 7th ri ...more
Nicholas
Jan 30, 2015 Nicholas rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, after three books I'm calling it. Time of death is 19:47 hours. How on Earth is Cook a best-selling novelist instead of someone printing up stories in his garage to send to family at Christmas?

Coma is a wretched book. Cook couldn't write an interesting, strong, or likable character if you held a gun to his head. The words in the book repeatedly tell us how beautiful and (more importantly) how smart the protagonist, Susan, is. But the actual words that represent what she thinks and says te
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loudermilk
Aug 21, 2015 loudermilk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i totally undercranked the moving picture of ted's coma. in one morning we glued on the score, set it up on an old 65 Rexredux Super-Visor and killed it on an eighth, no short stops except for the rigs in and out. you play it back at 1:1.15 and you have yourself a portrait of the artist as a young ghost envying our average looks, to the crushing finger-drumming of C.V. Alkan, courtesy of Ronald Smith.

something unusual happened on the way out of the hospital. I told jay and ben about a chocolate
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Yasmeen Rushdy
يقول د/ كوك فى تعليقه على الرواية رأيت إعلان فى جريده تريبيون عام 1968 يعرض فيه رجل بيه اى جزء من جسده لمن يدفع مبلغاً من المال، يتم الاتفاق عليه، وفى مراكز الكلى يوجد طابور طويل من المرضى القادرين، ينتظرون أن يجدوا كلى صالحة لزراعتها لهم " والحل لهذه الكارثه هو إيجاد تسهيلات قانونيه ودينيه أكثر، لعمليه اخذ الأعضاء من المتوفين الذين لم تمض على وفاتهم ساعه بدلاً من ترك هده الأعضاء تلتهمها الديدان.
Ishita Dutt
Jan 20, 2016 Ishita Dutt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
awesome .. the suspense was great .. it was gripping ... i really loved it
Rachit Goel
Feb 12, 2017 Rachit Goel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simply brilliant.

I have never seen such gripping and fearful story with such simple obscure-ness at the end that I go almost ga-ga over it (Maybe Dan Brown excluded). I first saw a book by the same author at my uncle's place and Robin's books were quite a legend in India back then. When I finally laid my hands on one of his books through a friend, I was totally blown away by the little book. Unfortunately, I am yet to read other titles from the author but I am only reserving 5 stars from some o
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Md.  Nymoom
As a medical thriller, it's supposed to be on the top list. loved the ready wit of Susan Wheller.
Ryan Meloche
Dec 12, 2014 Ryan Meloche rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Susan Wheeler manages to paradoxically make and break this novel. From the very beginning she is abrasive, overly emotional, over-ambitious, and even a tad conceited. She views herself as a rational individual, an intellectual - yet she responds to every confrontation or negative situation with an instant emotional knee-jerk reaction. In truth, despite my criticisms this served to draw me in more rather than repel me, it seemed like an honest interpretation of what people are really like. It's s ...more
MaryReadsRomance
Revolutionary for its time. This book and the derivative movie actually changed the culture and direction of an entire Nation of people. As a result, it should be considered a land mark work - regardless of "literary" merit.

Not so science fiction now that violent and nonconsensual organ harvesting is taking place in China on a very real and massive scale. They are the number one importer of organ transplant anti-rejection drugs yet also one of the lowest for voluntary organ donation due to the m
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Bill
Jan 23, 2010 Bill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I was expecting more from this book. After all, it was a best-seller and launched both a major motion picture and Robin Cook's career. I'm not entirely sure why. Somehow the story manages to stumble along and keep the reader interested, but it has a number of problems. I personally hung with it only because I knew something would (or should) eventually happen.

First is the matter of the heroine, Susan, a third-year medical student whose one strength is that she's convinced that the two coma cases
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Fuad Fidah
মেডিকযাল থরিলার শবদটার সাথে আগে কখন ও পরিচয় ছিল না। হাসপাতাল সমপরকিত কিছু উপনযাস পরেছি বটে কিনতু সেগুলোকে মেডিকযাল থরিলার বলা টা ঠিক হবে না। তাই যখন এই বই টার নাম শুনলাম তখন থেকেই বই টা পড়ার খুব ইচছা ছিল। পরায় পরতিবারই নীলকষেত গিয়ে একবার করে খুঁজতাম। পাইনি কোনদিনই। অনেক অপেকষার পর হাতে পাইছি বলেই হয়ত একসপেকটেশন বেশী ছিল। তাই হয়ত আমি হতাশ।
এমন না যে বইটার পলট বা কযারেকটার বিলড আপ খারাপ। আসলে আমি ভাবছিলাম কিছু এযাকশন থাকবে। অলপ কিছু আছে। ভাবছিলাম মেডিকযাল এর টারম কম ইউজ হবে যাতে বই টাতে একটু লে-মযা
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Lindsey
Aug 13, 2011 Lindsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lindsey by: Andrew Portwine
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M Strawberry Reviews
I have only read one Robin Cook book before this, Vital Signs. I was not impressed by that book, however I got this as a hand me down and thought that I would give this author another chance.

I will say that this is better. The main flaw I notice in both books is that he tends to not always think certain plot points, so they're left hanging at the end of the book, but this book was definitely a tighter read. Mr. Cook knows his medicine, as he is himself a doctor.

The basic plot boils down to this
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Kat Orton
Aug 04, 2013 Kat Orton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first started reading this, I though 'god you can tell this is written by a man' I thought there was way too much emphasis on the fact that Susan was a woman, but then the more I read the more I understood that this probably was a very real obstacle for her to overcome and I started to realise it probably was a accurate portrayal of how women working in make dominated industry's were treated in the 70's. As for he story it was fast paced a bit creepy and quite unpleasant, just what it sai ...more
Sanjay
Aug 26, 2011 Sanjay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As i am 18 years Old...I have read a few books of indian authors..when i was gazing at the shelves of a book store..i found a row of books by ROBIN COOK...as i am very interested in Thriller type plots...i have bought that book and started reading...as i was not that much connected to foreign authors it seems little difficult for me at the beginning...but as i continue it has taken me to the peak level anxiety...
THe book was well scripted and it was including gruesome situations...the author ha
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Denise
Mar 13, 2008 Denise rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Denise by: Professor during a pharmacology lecture on anaesthetics
As a third year female medical student in her surgery rotation...I'd have to say there was a LOT of suspension of disbelief required to finish the book!

Either that, or things have changed in the thirty years since this book was published...strange how the protagonist, despite supposedly being in an era when women in medicine were so oppressed, manages to cut class on her *first* day AND get away with it. Not to mention the events that follow.

For what it's worth, though, I thought the medicine wa
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Librarian Note: Not to be confused with British novelist Robin Cook a pseudonym of Robert William Arthur Cook.

Dr. Robin Cook (born May 4, 1940 in New York City, New York) is an American doctor / novelist who writes about medicine and topics affecting public health.

He is best known for being the author who combined medical writing with the thriller genre of writing. Several of his books have been b
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