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Patients undergoing routine surgery fail to awaken from anesthesia.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 1st 1977 by Signet Books (first published January 1st 1977)
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* 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
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
Greg of A2
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.
حسام عادل
ممتعة,شيقة,مثيرة,عميقة...بعبارة بسيطة: رواية متكاملة

حين صادفتها أعجبتني,وحين حملتها على جهازي أبقيتها منتظرة فى القائمة طويلاً قبل أن أقرر قراءتها أمس فقط,منذ بدايتها - التى أعترف أنها بطيئة نوعاً - وأنا على يقين أنها ستكون قوية جداً,كنت واثقاً أن الأحداث ستكشف عن نفسها بمتعة غير مسبوقة..وقد كان.

ربما كان كاتبها مغموراً - لقراء العربية أقصد - لكن الرواية تتحدث عن نفسها,كما أن د.أحمد خالد أشاد بها وتحمس فى تقديمها وهذا نادر الحدوث فى السلسلة منذ أن تولاها,لهذا دفعت نفسي لتجاوز البداية الهادئة كما
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
Julia Madeleine
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
"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
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
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
May 09, 2012 Lindsey rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lindsey by: Andrew Portwine
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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
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
Kat Orton
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
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 i am very interested in Thriller type plots...i have bought that book and started 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
Robin Cook pretty much owned the medical thriller. Hmm, I wonder who owns the genre now? This was perhaps his best book.
I still remember how scary this was. Way more than the movie (not that it's surprising--books are almost always better). This is a creepy, sci-fi style thriller of the best order, and it's been so long since I read it that I may have to do so again sometime soon.
Tammy Frederici
This book still scares me!
Mar 15, 2008 Denise rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
It really doesn't stand up to it's reputation as a trend setter.
It's supposed to be a Medical Thriller and a kick-starter of that genre,no less, according to the entry in this website.

You'd be wrong if you thing this book gives some kind of insight into the medical world or has a real medical mystery like those on House M.D. If that's what you are looking for, then this book is not for you.

Well, it's "medical" only because most of the thing happen in a hospital and the victims are patients, the
I've read 2 novels by Robin Cook. The other one being Chromosome 6. The overall style of them is similar.

The story focuses on a third year medical student who just starts clinical rotations at the Boston Memorial Hospital. On her very first day she takes interest in a patient who fell into a coma after a minor surgery. When shortly after another patient suffers the same fate, she feels a need to determine the cause. At first, much to the dismay of the resident who is responsible for her. He late
Well...The book started off really great.It seemed quite gripping at first but soon lost it's momentum.Though the book managed to revive some interest in the later parts,the initial euphoria had evaporated.
The plot was great.Too bad it was poorly put.The events seemed unrealistic and out of place.
A third year medical student dives in to investigate the mysterious case of sudden coma deaths,retrieves unauthorized information from the computer,yells at the chief of the department,and manages to ma
Daniel Gonçalves
The medical thriller is always something to appreciate, no matter the author. Robin Cook, for instances, is one of the unquestionable row of authors who constantly imagine a world where medicine is used either for or against the human being. And he does it in a very interesting way, which simply distinguishes him from the others.

Although relatively old, this novel is one of the author’s first attempts at storytelling. But when he did decide to adventure himself into the realms of fiction, he had
Ay Dios este libro. La verdad es que me encantó, pero me dio mucho miedo también. Se trata de una estudiante de medicina que empieza a hacer sus prácticas en un hospital, y se da cuenta que hay una gran cantidad de gente que entra en coma sin explicación, la mayoría cuando son sometidos a operaciones menores. Y se propone encontrar la causa de esto.

Aprendí muchísimas cosas que no sabía, y me dieron ganas de leer más libros del autor. Los personajes también me gustaron, especialmente la principal
Stephanie Diaz
The books idea really was good. Patients go into a certain room to get minor surgeries yet they end up in a coma and disappear only to be found out that they're body parts are sold on the black market. I truly liked the idea and some people can relate to the story about low-quality hospitals. However , this book was really poorly written. The scientific facts that were present in the book could've been introduced in a more creative way. Along with the fact that the author was an actual doctor do ...more
Ryan Meloche
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
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 :)
This book is the reason I refuse to sign the organ donor thing on the back of my driver's license. When I had to have my gallbladder removed Dr. Ferguson asked me where I wanted to have the surgery. I said I don't care if we go to the animal hospital as long as you have confidence in the anaesthiologist.

If you like this one, you should read the one he wrote about Prozac.
I read A LOT of medical mystery books in high school, but Coma is one my favorites of this genre. The storyline is plausible enough that it won't make you roll your eyes, and Robin Cook is good at keeping things tense enough that you want to keep reading. If you like this one, he has a lot of others that are fun to read.
Anupam Prakash
One of the best medical thrillers till date!! Hang on to your seats as the maestro of medical thriller, Robin Cook takes you through the scandalous American medical system and the quest of a young doctor who unravels the secrets that lie beneath... brilliant book!! and a must read!!!
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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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