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Miracle Cure

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,764 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews
Eighteen months ago Dr. Brian Holbrook's life spun out of control. Addicted to painkillers since a college football injury, Brian was caught writing multiple prescriptions for himself. Overnight his license to practice medicine was suspended, and the best job this former chief of cardiology could find was in a car rental agency.

Now, after 18 frustrating months of insisting
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Nov 28, 2010 Keri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 11, 2015 Julia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not very well written, but a good narrative. Palmer's medical thrillers need more factual science in order to get around the often ridiculous (yet chilling and on some level eerily logical) premise. This character in particular took way too long to do something.
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
Jul 05, 2015 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: medical-thriller
So I wavered between 3 & 4 stars and went with the 4, because despite the far-fetched depth of the deception, it was a real page turner of a suspense story.
A new drug is touted as a miracle cure for coronary arteriosclerosis and there is a hard push for the FDA to fast-track it's approval for the market. Dr. Brian Holbrook is a talented cardiologist who lost his license because of a substance abuse addiction. A serendipitous meeting with an old chum from intern/resident days leads to a pro
Jim C
Jun 04, 2015 Jim C rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel is about Brain who is a doctor that has been suspended because of a drug addiction. He is trying to get back into the game. He receives a chance at a research clinic that has a new drug that can cure clotting of the blood and prevent heart attacks. Is this drug too good to be true?

This book is a decent read that keeps your attention throughout. It is a medical thriller but the author does a great job with the medical jargon and he doesn't lose the reader. In fact, his description of m
Lynn Pembroke
Oct 16, 2013 Lynn Pembroke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 04, 2014 Sharon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 11, 2014 Marca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 22, 2012 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well constructed medical thriller with likeable characters especially the protagonist. Not for those who suffer from hypochondria.
Anne Martin
Disappointed again. The book is not bad, but the tricks it wants to show you are too obvious. Around half of it, I knew what was happening and more or less why. Of course, it takes part of the suspense away. The idea was excellent, but the author had to lave us some clues to tie the story up, and I began thinking a bit, and the light came.
Well worth reading if you have not gone through too many medical thrillers. I love them, though I'm too hypochondriac for them. I want to call an ambulance, as
Jack Perreault
The story of a star college football quarterback who becomes a leading cardiologist. He loses his career due to an addiction to pain killers, related to football injuries, but is reinstated due to his heroic effort in saving a woman's life.The characters are interesting enough, though slanted a bit towards a made for Hollywood script. The story is based on a computer operated double blind test for a drug that is widely acclaimed to have an earth shattering impact in the treatment of cardiovascul ...more
Jul 25, 2014 Hila rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 12, 2010 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 06, 2009 Ana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
May 24, 2012 ChrisGA rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Kirsti (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
Jul 24, 2016 Kay-em rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An ok read but not the author's best. The best features of the book include the protagonist and how he deals with the crises he is faced with and the fast pace of the thriller. The weak part include the plot which was (to me) a little too fantastic to be believed. If you are a fun of this author, you are likely to enjoy this though, but if you are just starting on his books, try his other more popular ones.
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
Jan 08, 2015 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: medical-thriller
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
Apr 29, 2016 Gerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miracle drug that “melts” artery-clogging fats and “cures” heart disease turns out to be a useless concoction, but financial and other pressures compel doctors/researchers to falsify data to insure it is “fast-tracked” to FDA approval.
Diane Wachter
Mar 01, 2016 Diane Wachter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
HB-B @ 3/98, 7/98. An injured football player, turned cardiac doctor, turned drug addict, cleans up his act, only to become ensnared in an attempt to stop a supposed miracle drug from getting FDA approval. Okay.
Cathy Jarvis
Sep 23, 2014 Cathy Jarvis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jeff Bobin
Jun 07, 2015 Jeff Bobin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
This was a very entertaining read with a number of interesting twists and turns that holds your attention. While it is somewhat slow to develop it was a fun read and while far-fetched the ending was fun to read and make you wonder where it was going.

May 09, 2016 Ed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: medical, action, thriller
Medical suspense novel - Cardiologist Brian Holbrook, recovering from painkiller addiction, investigates a potential miracle drug to reverse arteriosclerosis
Judy Westerberg
Jan 03, 2016 Judy Westerberg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

I highly recommend it Medical mysteries are always fun Palmer hit it out of the park again. You won't be sorry if you read it
Jun 13, 2016 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Predictable and formulaic but still a good light medical thriller. Dr. Holbrook's employers think they have him by the short and curlies and can make him tow the line since he is desperate for a job to revive his career but of course Dr. H's morals and medical training make him investigate when things aren't what they seem to be. I must be more paranoid than Michael Holbrook because I never trusted his love interest. Also, every time I read a medical thriller I wonder how doctors and medical fol ...more
Jan 11, 2013 Scilla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 03, 2010 Marti rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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