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The Society (original 2004; edition 2005)

by Michael Palmer

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"Dr. Carrie Bryant's four years as a neurosurgical resident at White Memorial Hospital have earned her the respect and admiration from peers and staff alike. When given the chance of performing her first unsupervised brain surgery, Carrie jumps at the opportunity. What should have been a routine, hours long operation, turns horribly wrong and jeopardizes her patient's life. Emotionally and physically drained, Carrie is rushed back to the OR to assist in a second surgery. There, she makes a careless and tragic mental error resulting in irreparable brain damage to her second patient. With her confidence shattered, Carrie quits her residency and moves back home where her younger brother, Adam, a combat vet suffering from debilitating PTSD, also lives. When Carrie learns about an experimental program at the VA Medical Center exploring the use of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) that could forever cure the emotional and memory trauma of PTSD, it seems like a way back into medicine. Carrie is apprehensive, but a chance meeting with David Hoffman, a reporter for the Lowell Observer writing a story on PTSD, helps her overcome any hesitation. Her first surgery appears to be a success until her patient mysteriously vanishes. When a second patient also goes missing, Carrie employs the investigative skills of David, and together they descend into a labyrinth of murder and corruption. And the price Carrie might pay for asking the wrong questions could be her life. "--… (more)
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Title:The Society
Authors:Michael Palmer
Info:Bantam (2005), Mass Market Paperback, 461 pages
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Tags:crime fiction, mystery, thriller, medical thriller, boston, dr. will grant, bought

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Decent thriller that has too many logical flaws to be great. It also is way too biased towards Doctors and not towards Insurance. By and large throughout the book doctors are noble selfless heroes and insurance executives are heartless money loving jerks. Character development by cliche. But it was worth finishing. ( )
  Skybalon | Mar 19, 2020 |
This book is a good medical thriller. Nothing super new or unique. But a pleasant way to pass the time. Will is a doctor who finds himself fighting HMO's. Soon, heads of HMO's are showing up murdered. Will finds himself a person of interest. He also develops feelings for detective Patty. Is he being framed, or is he involved with the murders? ( )
  readingover50 | Jun 11, 2019 |
I have read most of Michael palmers books and really like them. This one seemed a little off, but still good. Then at the end I read that Michael Palmer had died and his son took MPs idea for the book and wrote the novel. That must be the difference. Sorry for the loss of this great author . ( )
  sarahjvigen | Mar 23, 2017 |
This is a medical thriller centering on Dr. Carrie Bryant and her involvement in a secret program through the VA that is attempting to cure PTSD. Carrie is all too familiar with the horrible effects of this condition as her older brother suffers from it due to his service in Afghanistan. At the beginning there are times the book plods along, but it picks up speed in the middle and end, making it quite readable. It is a collaborative effort of father and son, son writing it after dad’s untimely death. It is a wonderful tribute to his dad. ( )
  Susan.Macura | Nov 26, 2015 |
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"Dr. Carrie Bryant's four years as a neurosurgical resident at White Memorial Hospital have earned her the respect and admiration from peers and staff alike. When given the chance of performing her first unsupervised brain surgery, Carrie jumps at the opportunity. What should have been a routine, hours long operation, turns horribly wrong and jeopardizes her patient's life. Emotionally and physically drained, Carrie is rushed back to the OR to assist in a second surgery. There, she makes a careless and tragic mental error resulting in irreparable brain damage to her second patient. With her confidence shattered, Carrie quits her residency and moves back home where her younger brother, Adam, a combat vet suffering from debilitating PTSD, also lives. When Carrie learns about an experimental program at the VA Medical Center exploring the use of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) that could forever cure the emotional and memory trauma of PTSD, it seems like a way back into medicine. Carrie is apprehensive, but a chance meeting with David Hoffman, a reporter for the Lowell Observer writing a story on PTSD, helps her overcome any hesitation. Her first surgery appears to be a success until her patient mysteriously vanishes. When a second patient also goes missing, Carrie employs the investigative skills of David, and together they descend into a labyrinth of murder and corruption. And the price Carrie might pay for asking the wrong questions could be her life. "--

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