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Coma (1977)

by Robin Cook

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The blockbuster bestseller that kickstarted a new genreâ??the medical thrillerâ??is now available in trade paperback for the first time.


They called it "minor surgery," but Nancy Greenly, Sean Berman and a dozen othersâ??all admitted to Boston Memorial Hospital for routine proceduresâ??were victims of the same inexplicable, hideous tragedy on the operating table. They never woke up.


Susan Wheeler is a third-year medical student working as a trainee at Boston Memorial Hospital. Two patients during her residency mysteriously go into comas immediately after their operations due to complications from anesthesia. Susan begins to investigate the causes behind both of these alarming comas and discovers the oxygen line in Operating Room 8 has been tampered with to induce carbon monoxide poisoning.


Then Susan discovers the evil nature of the Jefferson Institute, an intensive care facility where patients are suspended from the ceiling and kept alive until they can be harvested for healthy organs. Is she a participant inâ??or a victim ofâ??a large-scale black market dealing in… (more)

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My first psychological thriller/page turner, I could barely sleep while and shortly after reading! ( )
  rebwaring | Aug 14, 2023 |
Terrifying concept portrayed with realistic commercial intent.
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  JoniMFisher | Jan 5, 2023 |
“She thought about how marvelous is would be to have a wife keeping the house in order, the meals on the table. At the same time it seemed ridiculously unfair that she could never have a wife. In fact, if she married, she would be expected to be the wife.”
― Robin Cook, Coma

This is the only medical thriller I have ever read that I actually moderately liked. I am not usually a reader of this Genre although I did try to be quite awhile ago and discovered it really is not for me.

However I did a reread of Coma not all that long ago and was surprised that 1) it has held up well through the years. And 2) it still has the power to scare me. It was so original when it came out and creepy as anything.

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My two quibbles with it are:

It was overly long and kind of dry as far as how it is written so I did some skimming toward the middle and:

2) The ending. Way to short and abrupt. We go through so much with Susan and I really wanted more at the end. I thought that then and I still feel that n ow rereading it. It is implied she lives but man..after the wild ride the reader is taken through, the book is wrapped up way to quickly. I really wanted more at the end.

So I will most likely not be reading another medical thriller that I can see but Coma remains a good thriller, so original for its time period and genuinely scary. The movie was not bad either. ( )
  Thebeautifulsea | Aug 7, 2022 |
This book sprung to mind as one I read back in the 80s. It was a good medical thriller that entertained me for a few days, as I remember. The fact that I didn't remember it until another medical thriller jared lose the memory indicates to me that it wasn't one of the best books I've read. Then, of course, I'm more inclined to eco-lit. ( )
  LGCullens | Jun 1, 2021 |
Read when first published. Excellent and down right scary.

They called it "minor surgery," but Nancy Greenly, Sean Berman and a dozen others--all admitted to Boston Memorial Hospital for routine procedures--were victims of the same inexplicable, hideous tragedy on the operating table. They never woke up.
Susan Wheeler is a third-year medical student working as a trainee at Boston Memorial Hospital. Two patients during her residency mysteriously go into comas immediately after their operations due to complications from anesthesia. Susan begins to investigate the causes behind both of these alarming comas and discovers the oxygen line in Operating Room 8 has been tampered with to induce carbon monoxide poisoning.
Then Susan discovers the evil nature of the Jefferson Institute, an intensive care facility where patients are suspended from the ceiling and kept alive until they can be harvested for healthy organs. Is she a participant in--or a victim of--a large-scale black market dealing in human organs?

Coma is a great book about the medical field. The author is Robin Cook, who coincidentally is a doctor, who writes chilling stories about his practice.The title COMA has a lot to do with the main subject of the book. The book is about a college student named, Susan Wheeler and how she investagates how the many patients are slipping into comas unexpectally. She goes through many obstacles to try to the find the answers. None of the doctors or employees at the hospital want to help her. She then fiqures out the problem and that's when many people want bad things done to her.
Robin Cook's style of writing is kind of technical with the medical terms. It is easy to use clues, to fiqure out the meaning of terms. His method of organization is cause/effect, because for every reaction their is either a positive or negative reaction. The author neglected to finish the end of the book and tell the audience about what happened th Wheeler.This book is for mature teenagers, because some of the language and the thoughts of many characters are obsene. The author keeps your attention by making you keep reading the book until the end. At the end of the book the author reveal many of the questions that you wanted answered throughout the book. Coma starts off calm, then toward the end of the book you can't put it down!! --This text refers to the Paperback edition ( )
  Gmomaj | May 22, 2021 |
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In memory of my father, recognition of my mother, and thanks to Sharron.
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Nancy Greenly lay on the operating table on her back, staring up at the large kettledrum-shaped lights in operating room No. 8, trying to be calm.
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Fiction. Horror. Science Fiction. Thriller. HTML:

The blockbuster bestseller that kickstarted a new genreâ??the medical thrillerâ??is now available in trade paperback for the first time.


They called it "minor surgery," but Nancy Greenly, Sean Berman and a dozen othersâ??all admitted to Boston Memorial Hospital for routine proceduresâ??were victims of the same inexplicable, hideous tragedy on the operating table. They never woke up.


Susan Wheeler is a third-year medical student working as a trainee at Boston Memorial Hospital. Two patients during her residency mysteriously go into comas immediately after their operations due to complications from anesthesia. Susan begins to investigate the causes behind both of these alarming comas and discovers the oxygen line in Operating Room 8 has been tampered with to induce carbon monoxide poisoning.


Then Susan discovers the evil nature of the Jefferson Institute, an intensive care facility where patients are suspended from the ceiling and kept alive until they can be harvested for healthy organs. Is she a participant inâ??or a victim ofâ??a large-scale black market dealing in

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They were bent upon the patient, they were observing him. There was no one around to give anesthesia and even the operating table was not around. The patient was sleeping on some kind of wires. She listened to the dialogues between the two doctors intently. `Where is the heart from the last patient going to go?` `Oh! San Francesco`, the second surgeon replied. `We are getting only 75 thousand dollars for it!, but it was an emergency.` `We might end up getting 2 million dollars for the kidney this time, because it is a good match. May be, after a few days the second kidney will also be required,` the first surgeon answered. `But not until we get order for heart.` If the Dallas child gets a perfect match for kidney then we might get 10 million dollars, his father is very rich and is in oil business.` The second surgeon whistled, `Wow! So is there any progress?` `There is an operation in the Memorial next Friday, let us see how far it matches.`
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