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Coma by Robin Cook
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May 09, 12

really liked it
Recommended to Lindsey by: Andrew Portwine
Read from May 07 to 09, 2012, read count: 1

** spoiler alert ** I enjoyed this book! It satisfied the nerdy, medical side of my brain while also keeping the plot moving quite well. The premise is this: Susan Wheeler, a third year medical student, starts her clinical year at the Boston Memorial Hospital. On her first day she meets a young woman who had a mysterious anesthetic complication during routine surgery and is now in a coma. She then does an IV for a young man having routine knee surgery, only to find out later that he, too, is now in a coma. This seems strange to Susan and she starts to dig around and with some unlikely success, discovers a government funded facility where many long-term care coma patients go to lift the burden off of many hospitals and free up beds. When she sneaks around this building she discovers that it is run to supply the black market with donor organs that have good tissue matches. Healthy patients have been unknowingly (by the surgeons and anesthetists) poisoned by carbon monoxide during routine surgery, starving their brains of oxygen and rendering them brain dead but with a body of healthy organs to be harvested by this organization.

It had very convincing and well thought out medical background and the plot moved quickly. Some of the circumstances were a little far fetched, but overall a good medical thriller.
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