Contagion

Contagion

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A terrifying story of a disease spread not only by microbes but by man'sgreed. After losing first his Midwestern ophthalmology practice to a for-profit medicalgiant and then his family to a commuter airline tragedy, Dr. John Stapleton's life istransformed to ashes. Feeling less the golden boy than a jaded cynic, Stapleton retrains inforensic pathology and relocates to find an uneasy niche for himself in a city that suits hischanged perspective: the cold, indifferent, concrete maze of New York. Stapleton thinks he is past pain and past caring, but as a series of virulent andextremely lethal illnesses - capped by a particularly deadly outbreak of a rare strain ofinfluenza - strike the young, the old, and the innocent, his suspicions are aroused. Whenthe apparent epicenters of these outbreaks are revealed to be hospitals and clinicscontrolled by the same for-profit giant that cannibalized his old ophthalmology practice,Stapleton fears he has stumbled upon a diabolic conspiracy of catastrophic proportions:Could the for-profit giant be engaged in the systematic elimination of its more costlysubscribers? Getting at the truth leads to Stapelton's unlikely pairing - both professionally andpersonally - with Theresa Hagen, an art director at a hot Madison Avenue advertisingfirm. Together they discover that the real explanation behind the killer contagion is evenmore Machiavellian than could be imagined. Contagion anticipates some of the uncharted consequences of managedhealthcare, in an age when even the wariest consumer may be a risk. It is Robin Cook athis unerring best.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c1995
ISBN: 9780399141065
0399141065
Branch Call Number: FIC Cook 3558ad
Characteristics: 434 p

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Jun 17, 2014

This is another Robin Cook conspiracy involving large medical corporations. This time deadly contagious diseases are killing hospital patients and staff with shorten incubation periods. A medical examiner is solving the mystery, which I found a bit unbelievable. Its an interesting read but similar to other Cook books.

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Jul 26, 2014

Dr. John Stapleton is forced out of his opthalmology practice by National Health, a for profit medical giant. He does another residency in pathology and is now a coroner in New York. He is investigating the sudden deaths coming from from Manhattan General Hospital where patients and staff are dying from infections with fast acting incubation periods. The hospital is owned by National Health. John's investigation gets him in trouble with both his boss and Manhattan General but he finds the truth.

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