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The First Patient by Michael Palmer
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Feb 19, 2011

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What if.... The United States had the best President in years. What if....the economy, stock market, social security, etc., were in great shape and the future looked better than ever.

What if...this same President, in a bid for reelection is showing signs of mental disorder and those closest to him are trying to hide this from the public.

Andrew Stokddard may be just about the best President the United States has seen in years, but is showing signs of a mental disorder. The President's physician has disappeared and my have information as to the President's mental condition.

The President asks his long time friend, Gabe Singleton MD, to be his new physician. Gabe and Drew were both students at the Naval Academy when on a drunken spree they were involved in a deadly car accident. Gabe was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and served prison time.

Gabe joins forces with White House nurse, Alice Cromartie, to find the cause of the President's mental disorder.

There is a distinct possibility that the President is being given drugs to cause his mental problem. Not only is that a possibility, but the number of suspects are all people who have a close connection to the President.

There is, of course, the Vice-President, the head of the Secret Service, someone from the opposition party, or maybe Nurse Cromartie could be the one responsible.

The reader should be able to get a pretty good idea of what is going on about three quarters of the way through the book. However, it does present a good mystey and presents an unsettling scenario of what might happen if a President was unstable and how much of it could be covered-up.

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