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Critical by Robin Cook
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Feb 12, 2009

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Critical is a typical Robin Cook medical thriller. Which is to say that while it isn't great literature, it sure keeps you turning the pages. Featuring a grossly improbable but improbably engrossing plot, deliciouly evil villians and other somewhat undeveloped characters, Critical concerns a scheme to drive a group of specialty hospitals into bankruptcy using a particularly virulent strain of methicillin resistant staph aureus (MRSA), i.e., the "flesh eating bacteria."

In telling its story, the book touches upon a couple of hot button issues in contemporary medicine: the alarming spread and increasing virulence of MRSA and boutique hospitals. Lots of technical detail lends a well needed air of realism to the book. I thought the details made the book more interesting, and even thought provoking, but those who are more interested in the thriller aspect of medical thrillers rather than the medical aspect might find information about infection control and microbiology boring and annoying.

Critical is a good airplane book, and a fast read. While the motive of the bad guy is so lame that it's explained in a few paragraphs in the epilogue, the book is nonetheless suspenseful and enjoyable to read.

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