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A Case of Need by Jeffery Hudson
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Aug 25, 2008

really liked it
Read in August, 2008

When I first started this book, I didn't realize exactly how outdated it was (about 40 years! I didn't think Michael Crichton was that old!). Some things would not happen today (unless lots of people were willing to pay fines for HIPAA violations!), but it was still interesting and fairly well written--it was one of Crichton's first novels, after having graduated from Harvard Medical School. I liked how fallible the characters were, but I still have to look at the end result through a critical societal lens: a white male doctor is trying to solve a young woman's death secondary to a botched abortion, but it turns out that this girl was a lunatic who was drunk or high most of the time and who had previously had 3 abortions by age 19. In the end, the doctor vindicates both of his doctor friends, the "baby's father" (a black drug dealer) is dead and the female nurse, who was also a druggie and had stolen morphine from the hospital where she worked, performed the abortion (i.e., the doctors would have performed perfect abortions, but this nurse obviously didn't know enough to do it right). Even the black lawyer, whose career would have benefited from a trial, was screwed because the real culprit (the nurse) was found. Interesting, no?

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Ben Wilder You forgot the friend he was trying to clear was Chinese.

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