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Oxygen by Carol Cassella
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Dr. Marie Heaton is an anesthesiologist. She works at First Lutheran Hospital in Seattle. She has had a great career and takes pride in her profession.

Marie's life starts to unravel when a young special needs girl dies on the operation table. Marie and First Lutheran are being sued by the young girl's mother for malpractice. An autopsy finds that the girl had a previous heart condition but went undetected by everyone.

The hospital is working with Marie until they find out that they can divest themselves of culpability by letting Marie take full responsibility for the death.

Marie finds that she can no longer continue working under these conditions and takes a leave of absence. She now must face some personal problems that she has been ignoring for years. Her biggest problem is dealing with a father that is facing senility whom she has had little relationship with since she was a young girl. Another problem is her relationship with a fellow anesthesiologist at the hospital,Dr. Joe Hilary.

As if the situation could not worse, Marie finds out that the District Attorney's office is about to bring an indictment against her for murder.

This book brings all of this together in the final chapter, with an unforeseen and unexpected ending.

Carol Cassella majored in English and graduated from medical school. She is a practicing anesthesiologist in Seattle. She brings both her English and medical practice into her book. It is a well told story that is not only written well but seeped in the actual life of the writer. This book is an excellent read for anyone but especially for those in the medical profession.
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