Foreign Body

Foreign Body

Book - 2008
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A series of unexplained deaths in foreign hospitals sends Jennifer Hernandez, an idealistic UCLA medical student, on a desperate search for answers about her grandmother's sudden death. With the discovery of other unexplained deaths followed by hasty cremations, Jennifer reaches out to her mentor, New York City medical examiner Dr. Laurie Montgomery, who has her own deep connection to Jennifer's grandmother.

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A series of unexplained deaths in foreign hospitals sends an idealistic UCLA medical student on a desperate search for answers in this tale from the master of the medical thriller.
Jennifer Hernandez is a fourth-year medical student at UCLA, just beginning an elective in general surgery, whose world is shattered during a break in an otherwise ordinary day. While relaxing in the surgical lounge of L.A.'s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, she half listens to a TV segment on medical tourism: first-world citizens traveling to third-world countries for surgery. But when she hears her beloved grandmother's name mentioned, Jennifer's heart nearly stops: the CNN reporter says that Maria Hernandez has died, a day after undergoing a hip replacement in New Delhi's Queen Victoria Hospital.
Maria had raised Jennifer and her brothers from infancy, and the bond between grandmother and granddaughter was unbreakable. Still, the news that Maria traveled to India is a shock to Jennifer, until she realizes that it was the only viable option for the hardworking yet uninsured woman. Devastated, and desperate for answers, Jennifer takes emergency leave from school and heads to India, where relations with local officials go from sympathetic to sour as she pushes for more information. With revelations of other unexplained deaths compounded by pressure from Indian hospital officials for hasty cremations, Jennifer reaches out to her mentor, New York City medical examiner Dr. Laurie Montgomery, who has her own deep connection to Maria.
Laurie, along with her husband, Dr. Jack Stapleton, rushes to the younger woman's side, and discovers a sophisticated medical facility with little margin for error. As the death count grows, so do the questions, leading Laurie and Jennifer to unveil a sinister, multilayered conspiracy of global proportions.

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Shocked by her beloved grandmother's untimely death a day after she travels to New Delhi to have affordable hip-replacement surgery, fourth-year UCLA medical student Jennifer Hernandez heads to India for answers and uncovers a series of unexplained deaths, a finding that forces her to turn for assistance to her medical examiner mentor, Dr. Montgomery. 350,000 first printing.
Shocked by her grandmother's untimely death a day after she travels to New Delhi to have affordable hip-replacement surgery, UCLA medical student Jennifer Hernandez heads to India for answers and uncovers a series of unexplained deaths.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2008
ISBN: 9780399155024
0399155023
9780425228951
Branch Call Number: FIC COO
Characteristics: viii, 436 p. ;,24 cm.

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Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 14, 2014

I had no idea Robin Cook was such an awful writer! Were his earlier books better, perhaps? Stilted dialogue, painfully awkward settings and scenarios, implausible plot lines...I really haven't read much that was worse than this.

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sunshineagain
Sep 11, 2012

I'm interested enough to finish this book. However, I don't know how this edition ever passed the editor. It is mind numbingly repetitive. Whenever a character finds out what you the reader already know, Cook re-explains it. This happens dozens of times throughout the book. Also, spanning the course of a few days make it drag on and on.

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rslade
Dec 08, 2011

Cook's works are very decent thrillers, with the added bonus of his medical knowledge. The writing and plotting is quite decent even without the technical accuracy. His characters tend to be fairly stock, but are also reasonably detailed and complex (although often rather contradictory). This book addresses two very interesting medical themes. The first is that of medical tourism. Some of the risk factors; the siphoning off of health money to "hospitals" that only deal with "high margin" procedures, and have no resources to deal with bad outcomes; are described peripherally to the plot. The book also looks at the money involved in (US) health insurance and health management companies, and the lengths people are willing to go to in order to protect that wealth.

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Sep 11, 2012

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prokerryotic
Mar 11, 2010

Laurie and Jack Stapleton travel to India and learn about an American conspiracy in regards to medical tourism

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