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Oxygen by Carol Cassella
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Dec 18, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery
Read in December, 2010

This book really defies a genre classification but there is a medical mystery at the core of the plot. The story is, however, about far more than that and the quality of the writing is very fine. From the first few paragraphs describing the intricate details of the breathing and anaesthetic processes I was hooked. The characters are not one-dimensional, dedicated doctor types and there are very honest depictions of the harsh realities of the 'business' of medical care and litigation within the health care system. Thankfully it comes without any dominant author's voice impinging on the story. It doesn't etch out right and wrong but skilfully shows the complexity of human relationships and vulnerabilities. Carol Cassella's writing reminded me a little of Oliver Sacks - fine writing with a strong undercurrent of empathy.

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