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Silent Treatment

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  5,309 ratings  ·  162 reviews
In his five bestselling novels, from The Sisterhood to Natural Causes, physician Michael Palmer has drawn on years of firsthand emergency-room experience to create the drama of a frighteningly authentic world—a world where the line between medicine and murder is scalpel-thin. Now, in his most harrowing suspense novel yet, Palmer reveals how the power to heal can become a l ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published February 1st 1996 by Bantam (first published March 1st 1995)
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Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
Rating: 3.5

This was a pretty fun medical thriller. This has been one of my favorite medical thrillers so far.

I only rated it three stars because the whole innocent person getting framed trope causes me a lot of anxiety. Not in a good way either for me a lot of the time. I don't know why. I've DNFed books for that reason alone. I understand why writers use that trope though.
Jim C
Jun 23, 2014 rated it liked it
This novel deals with conspiracy in the field of health insurance. Harry Corbett's wife needs an operation and the night before this operation she is killed. Harry is the suspect and the quest to find out what really happened begins.

This book didn't bore me but it never grabbed my whole interest either. I did like the concept of the book and the idea of how far executives of health insurance companies will go to save money is scary and relevant. I think I was a little turned off by the past hist
Joyce McKune
One thing I love about this author is I don't have to worry about reading them "in order", however, this one could use a sequel. Will Harry and Maura live happily ever after? I suppose after the excitement of this story, nothing they could do would compare.
Harry's wife was having an brain aneurism repaired in the morning. The ward was very full and the person in the next bed was (Maura) going through alcohol withdrawal after head surgery from a drunken fall down the stairs. Harry was visiting a
Marty Fried
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first book by Michael Palmer, but not the last, I'm sure. A real roller-coaster ride, with lots of suspense all the way. It went fast, mainly because I had trouble putting it down.

If you don't like the state of medical care and medical insurance in the US, this book probably won't change your mind. Although it was a bit over the top, it didn't seem completely unbelievable that the insurance company would try to maximize their profits at the expense of a few patients. Hopefully, they don't go
Deborah Hamilton
Jun 16, 2008 rated it liked it
From the prologue to the epilogue this book kept me in a panic. I felt for each of the characters in a special way. The balance between the stress of being investigating for the murder of one's wife to solving that mystery was perfect. Just when the reader thought that everyone was figured out.....Nope try again. Classic Palmer style. A great read and true page turner. ...more
Michael Adamchuk
Dr. Harry Corbett's wife dies unexpectedly - murdered. Other deaths are also occurring in the hospital. As Harry investigates, he finds a high level conspiracy to eliminate certain types of patients. He has to find out the doctor who is doing this and why. ...more
Claire Noonan
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
I resented every minute I had to be away from this book until I finished it. It was suspenseful and compelling. I would have liked a less punchy ending- a bit more of an aftermath would have been nice, to find out a bit more about what happened to some of the characters. One of them- Maura's brother, disappeared from the plot and never returned! ...more
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you're a fan of medical thrillers suspense/thrillers, especially those written by authors who are or have been doctors, then you've got to check out Michael Palmer's books. I've been a fan of his for a long time, but hadn't read Silent Treatment. I couldn't put this one down.
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, thriller
Excellent reading
Jeremy Bates
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
i really enjoyed this one!
it was my first by michael palmer... im not really into medical thrillers, but the pacing and plotting were great
he's a very talented writer.... he sometimes goes a bit over the top with his medical descriptions, but it doesn't distract from the story too much
highly recommended!
Jan 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Hmmmm...sort of a different plot for Michael Palmer, I rather enjoyed that! Still had the obligatory romance, and bad guy chasing, but definitely kept my interest. I think this would be a good movie.
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i don't know about a silent treatment , because i not yet to read this books .
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J.W. Ellis
so found this on my bookshelf, was in the mood for something different.

A good story, no a great story.

Interesting twists and turns.

Yet I was sooo bored. I cant explain it.
Mary Beth
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 stars fantastic
Paul Weiss
Mar 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: medical-thriller
Perhaps not the worst he's written, but it's certainly the worst I've read!

When you've written as many novels as Michael Palmer has, it's a logical inevitability that something is the best and something else has to qualify as the weakest! It's a sad day to encounter that candidate for a career worst when you've come to believe that an author's quality is almost inevitably top flight!

When Evie Corbett, a young up-and-comer in the community, dies suddenly and unexpectedly on the eve of a surgery,
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
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In 'Silent Treatment', Dr. Harry's hopes of reconciling with his wife Evie are dashed when her surgery goes horribly wrong thus she dies from a brain haemorrhage. To make things worse, he becomes the prime suspect. However, the killer isn't about to stop. As the body count rapidly increases, Harry embarks on a dangerous quest to unveil the truth only to find that he's up against a formidable foe..

Having read 'Miracle Cure' by Michael Palmer, I was pleasantly surprised by this book as it was a de
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy many of Palmer's books, but this one took a little while to get into, and when I did, I found the main plot to be a bit of a stretch. The book opens with Dr. Harry Corbett fighting against the administration of his hospital over the roles primary care physicians play in the care for their patients, but once his wife, Evie, dies immediately prior to a scheduled surgery, that goes on the back burner. Instead, Corbett must focus on proving someone else killed his wife while he was out getti ...more
Henri Moreaux
Whilst this had a certain air of deja vu having similar plot elements to a Robin Cook book I had read previously (insurance companies killing expensive patients to save money) there was a distinct difference in implementation of these plot elements. In Silent Treatment the story is more about the ramifications of those acts & the people involved in them, than the acts themselves.

Specifically, a friendly doctor, Harry Corbett, has his wife go in for what should be a rather run of the mill neurosu
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Michael Palmer nearly always provides a medically-based, action-packed thriller. Silent Treatment does not disappoint.

Dr. Harry Corbett is just a few days away from his 50th birthday, which he is dreading because of a "family curse" that seems to strike the men in his family on that date. His wife, Evelyn, with whom he has a strained relationship, is scheduled for surgery at Manhattan Medical Center for a brain aneurysm. When Evie dies suddenly the night before the surgery, Harry is accused of
A medical thriller that isn't, in a way. The lives of several people are taken in a mysterious way. The methods cause suspicion to land on Dr. Harry Corbett. To save himself, Corbett must track down the killer himself.

The medical part is that it takes a doctor or otherwise medically trained person to commit these murders. But there isn't any mysterious disease or unusual treatment involved. It is simply an evil person using his medical knowledge. There is a backstory here about the evil person
Shirley Albright
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Palmer never disappoints. Every chapter leads me onward, and while the plot is somewhat predictable there are enough twists and turns in the narrative to keep one reading. This novel is one about health insurance companies which begin to terminate patients who have become too expensive to care for....a chilling thought given our broken health care system. It's not difficult to imagine that when a for-profit health insurer begins to determine who will get care and what that care will be in spite ...more
Feb 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
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May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gripping and enthralling. Felt like 3 parts to this book. First mostly to do with Harry and his problems, then the accusations, then the hunt. I really couldn't stop reading this every night. Loved it very much. Michael Palmer is not an author I have read before and it was yet again another garage sale box bargain of other books. I will start reading his other novels! ...more
Louise Pledge
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If it weren't for the language and sex, I'd be saying that this is one of the best books I've ever read! There are several different plots going on, and you wonder how on earth they're ever going to fit together, and as each one does, it is startling! So many unexpected occurrences and cliff-hangers in this book! On to the next Michael Palmer book! ...more
Eleanor Murray
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terrific mystery!

This story is fast-paced and is a fascinating page turner. As it develops, the main characters leap off the page and become more real. The twists and turns are swift and shocking, leaving this reader to take a deep breath before moving on from one swift plot maneuver to the next.

I recommend this book highly.
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
All of Michael Palmer's books a good, full of suspense and thrilling, scary moments. I find his books to be a bit wordy and too long and technical in many places, but this is not enough to keep me from picking up a book of his. The happily ever after is predictable. The satisfying portion of this particular book is how the bad guys are eliminated! Excellent! Fist bump!
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Michael Palmer is right up there with Robin Cook in my book! I love the medical thrillers. This one is scary because of how plausible it is. Hmmmm....everyone with massively expensive conditions keeps dying. Whose pockets would those people drain? Hmmm. Secret groups, torture experts, physicians and insurance execs keep the suspense going...
David R
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Far too convoluted to be an enjoyable read.

Far too many near death experiences. Somewhere about 3/4 along the way, suspense was replaced with just wanting to get through the book. I had to push my way through the end.
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: real-book
I might be giving this a 5 because I have read so many bad books lately. But this did keep my interest!
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exciting, intriguing, satisfying. Love the medical thrillers of Michael Palmer!
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Michael Palmer, M.D., 1942-2013, was the author of Political Suicide, Oath of Office, A Heartbeat Away, The Last Surgeon, The Second Opinion, The First Patient, The Fifth Vial, The Society, Fatal, The Patient, Miracle Cure, Critical Judgment, Silent Treatment, Natural Causes, Extreme Measures, Flashback, Side Effects, and The Sisterhood. His books have been translated into thirty-five languages. H ...more

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