Patient One begins with U.S. President John Merrill hosting Russian President Dimitri Suslev at a state dinner to celebrate a new economic pact. As the toasts begin, the two leaders, their wives, and scores of prominent guests become violently ill. Merrill and Suslev, along with the other stricken guests, are rushed to the nearest hospital. As Secret Service agents struggle to secure the hospital and locate Merrill's daughter, the President's personal physician tries desperately to stabilize the President.
Dr. Leonard Goldberg is the internationally bestselling author of the Joanna Blalock series of medical thrillers. His novels, acclaimed by critics as well as fellow authors, have been translated into a dozen languages and sold more than a million copies worldwide. He is a consulting physician affiliated with the UCLA Medical Center, where he holds an appointment as Clinical Professor of Medicine, and is a highly sought-after expert witness in medical malpractice trials. He is a native of Charleston (with the accent to prove it) and a long-time California resident. He currently divides his time between Los Angeles and an island off the coast of South Carolina.
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