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CODE BLUE: The Other End of the Stethoscope

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CODE BLUE follows Dr. Tobi Lister, a physician trapped in a wildly dysfunctional system and entangled in deadly intrigue. It is becoming obvious that something strange is happening at her clinic, but she has enough to deal with just trying to practice medicine, now that patients have become “customers” and the medical field is dictated by entrepreneurs whose sole objective ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 16th 2019 by Warren Publishing
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Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dr. Tobi Lister is trying to practice good medicine at B. Healthy, LLC, an urgent care facility in Long Island. She's becoming very disillusioned by the new focus on "satisfied customers" and her inability to provide the health care that her patients deserve. With all the cutbacks, lack of staff, insurance woes, cumbersome charting on electronic medical records, and the attitudes of those coming to her clinic, she's feeling a real lack of support for the job she's attempting to do. But there's e ...more
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Dr. Blaine has penned a scary medical thriller that captures our current time and attitudes toward the medical profession.

I found Code Blue to be engaging and accessible. The story moved along at a comfortable pace with challenges popping up around every corner. The opportunity for medical jargon was eschewed for more everyday language.

Code Blue follows two distinct story lines: an urgent care doctor and an investigation into a cybercriminal ring. The two pieces merge logically and make a cohes
Ellen Gelerman
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A taut thriller with an important message!

Debra Blaine's sharply imagined debut novel hands us an exciting two-for-one: a clear-eyed indictment of America's broken healthcare system -- where patients are finicky "customers" encouraged to write reviews of visits to doctors who are often rewarded more for "pleasing" than for healing -- woven into a dangerous, far-reaching, and sadly, all-too-believable Russian plot that takes advantage of the nefarious opportunities this same system presents.

Doug Yonce
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Never heard of the author, but decided to give the book a chance, and I’m glad I did. An excellent blend of genres as murder, romance, and medical practices are all mixed into an excellent tale. The focus on corporate medicine is especially enlightening as our protagonist is “trapped” in job that is trying her patience and her patients. We learn about daily life in a clinic while a much bigger plot is being played out—one that spans the globe from the Ukraine to The Land Down Under to Washington ...more
Maxine Atkins
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book really held my interest. The author weaves together two stories. One story is how health care has changed - there are no "patients", there are "customers" who get to review their doctors as they would their local car wash. The second story is how this system leads to medicine for profit and inevitable corruption. There are multiple distinct characters with different motivations. Highly recommended!
Scott J
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gripping tale of what could go wrong with our healthcare system online. The abuse of knowledge with the intrigue of what will happen next. Murder and death follow those who know the secret. Chilling and gripping tale. Could not put it down.
Debbie Kurzban
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Not only is this a generally good read, but it perfectly articulates my thoughts about what is going on in the medical profession, the insurance business, and Big Pharm in the U.S. today. And I learned a lot about what happens on the other end of the stethoscope!
Heather Bennett
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Code a good medical mystery. It has great characters and storyline. The book is well written and the characters are well developed.
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Debra E. Blaine was born in New York City and grew up on Long Island, NY. With a passion for the humanities, she received her BA in Philosophy and Hebrew at the University of Texas at Austin, before going on for graduate studies in Comparative Religion at Temple University. She ultimately changed paths, and attended Baylor College of Medicine to earn her MD in 1987. She returned to Long Island for ...more

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