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Cell The New York Times bestselling author and master of the medical thriller returns with a top notch fusion of groundbreaking medical science and edge of your seat suspense George Wilson MD a radiology resident in Los Angeles is about to enter a profession on the brink of an enormous paradigm shift foreshadowing a vastly different role for doctors everywhere The smartphone is poised to take on a new role in medicine no longer as a mere medical app but rather as a fully customizable personal physician capable of diagnosing and treating even better than the real thing It is called iDoc George’s initial collision with this incredible innovation is devastating He awakens one morning to find his fiancée dead in bed alongside him not long after she participated in an iDoc beta test Then several of his patients die after undergoing imaging procedures All of them had been part of the same beta test Is it possible that iDoc is being subverted by hackers—and that the US government is involved in a cover up Despite threats to both his career and his freedom George relentlessly seeks the truth knowing that if he’s right the conseuences could be lethal

About the Author: Robin Cook

Robin Cook a pseudonym of Robert William Arthur CookDr Robin Cook born May 4 1940 in New York City New York is an American doctor novelist who writes about medicine biotechnology and topics affecting public healthHe is best known for being the author who created the medical thriller genre by combining medical writing with the thriller genre of writing His books have been bestsellers on the New York Times Bestseller List with several at #1 A number of his books have also been featured in Reader's Digest Many were also featured in the Literary Guild Many have been made into motion picturesCook is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Columbia University School of Medicine He finished his postgraduate medical training at Harvard that included general surgery and ophthalmology He divides his time between homes in Florida New Hampshire and Massachusetts where he lives with his wife Jean He is currently on leave from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary He has successfully combined medical fact with fiction to produce a succession of bestselling books Cook's medical thrillers are designed in part to make the public aware of both the technological possibilities of modern medicine and the ensuing ethical conundrumsCook got a taste of the larger world when the Cousteau Society recruited him to run its blood gas lab in the South of France while he was in medical school Intrigued by diving he later called on a connection he made through Jacues Cousteau to become an auanaut with the US Navy Sealab when he was drafted in the 60's During his navy career he served on a nuclear submarine for a seventy five day stay underwater where he wrote his first book 1Cook was a private member of the Woodrow Wilson Center's Board of Trustees appointed to a six year term by the President George W Bush2edit Doctor NovelistDr Cook's profession as a doctor has provided him with ideas and background for many of his novels In each of his novels he strives to write about the issues at the forefront of current medical practiceTo date he has explored issues such as organ donation genetic engineeringfertility treatment medical research funding managed care medical malpractice drug research drug pricing specialty hospitals stem cells and organ transplantation3Dr Cook has been remarked to have an uncanny ability to anticipate national controversy In an interview with DrCook Stephen McDonald talked to him about his novel Shock; Cook admits the timing of Shock was fortuitous I suppose that you could say that it's the most like Coma in that it deals with an issue that everybody seems to be concerned about he says I wrote this book to address the stem cell issue which the public really doesn't know much about Besides entertaining readers my main goal is to get people interested in some of these issues because it's the public that ultimately really should decide which way we ought to go in something as that has enormous potential for treating disease and disability but touches up against the ethically problematic abortion issue4Keeping his lab coat handy helps him turn our fear of doctors into bestsellers I joke that if my books stop selling I can always fall back on brain surgery he says But I am still very interested in being a doctor If I had to do it over again I would still study medicine I think of myself as a doctor who writes rather than a writer who happens to be a doctor After 35 bookshe has come up with a diagnosis to explain why his medical thrillers remain so popular The main reason is we all realize we are at risk We're all going to be patients sometime he says You can write about great white sharks or haunted houses and you can say I'm not going into the ocean or I'm not going in haunted houses but you can't say you're n

10 thoughts on “Cell

  1. says:

    While the concept of iDoc is very intriguing this novel belongs in the literary ICU The main character is hopelessly naive throughout the whole story does predictably foolish things doesn't realize he's being played by the charge nurse who is pumping him for information yet we are supposed to be

  2. says:

    I really like medical thrillers but this one was not the best I did keep reading to the end but there are issues First the author is too preachy and obviously has an agenda I have noticed this in some of his previous novels as well and it is annoying Second George the radiology resident main character

  3. says:

    This book sort of sneaked snuck? oh well up on me I had started The Ark but had laid it aside for a day I picked this one up they're both library books and out for the same amount of time I found myself interested in Cell and finished it before I went back to the other bookSowhat've we got here? Why the futur

  4. says:

    What an embarrassment When I think of the early works of Robin Cook like Coma and Outbreak it is difficult to believe this novel was written by the same person The concept was intriguing but the writing was sophomoric at best the characters cartoonish the conversations stilted and the book in need of an editor the c

  5. says:

    I can't uite give this the 5th star because of the ending Cook writes a compelling story centered around the use of Smartphones as a futuristic replacement for Primary Care Physicians The concept with all it's benefits and potential drawbacks are clearly defined It's one of the drawbacks that becomes the central theme to t

  6. says:

    This book had so much potential Loved the storyline About iDoc an app that takes over primary care developed by an insurance company and bought by Obamacare administration for Medicaid and MedicareButbad things begin to happenWhy did I give it two starts the main character was all over the placeI could not figure out why type of

  7. says:

    The first part was really good I would give it 5 startsMoving to the last bit the ending was abrupt and the story has too many holesspoiler alertMy main uestions 1 Why is George not just knocked off? Zee wasWhy does everybody go overboard to keep him alive and happy where as Zee just gets killed within a few hours of discovering their s

  8. says:

    The promising plot got washed out by inelegant writing The concept of an app on your phone that could monitor your health and make proactive suggestions is fascinating as is the thought of the potential abuses and glitches that could occur Unfortunately I put things together a lot uickly than the protagonist The story plodded along with obvio

  9. says:

    wow another master thriller its really great because of the cutting edge technology used in this novel what to say it was as usual another gripping tale which will take you to the edge of modern technology how it changes your lives

  10. says:

    The concept of this book is a very real thing happening today a computerized primary care physician system through your cell phone giving patients access to 247 health care in an attempt to keep people healthier and compliant with their medication regimen in an attempt to control spiraling medical costsWhen a 4th year Radiology Resident in a major Los Ange

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