Cook, Robin

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
"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, M.D., 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 U.S. 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 consequences could be lethal. "--

Publisher: New York :, G. P. Putnam's Sons,, [2014]
ISBN: 0399166300
Characteristics: 402 pages ;,24 cm


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Sep 29, 2014
  • BBurnett rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

a typical Robin Cook medical thriller. A plausible medical breakthrough/ advance - iDoc, that will rock the health institution on its' head. Dr George Wilson, radiology resident, is the protagonist. As a Canadian, the whole American health care system of insurance and HMOs and cost is beyond me, but I enjoyed this book. Great ending, though a bit pat.

May 17, 2014
  • SmileSimplify rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An entertaining medical thriller. Provides a balance of the possible pros and cons of (inevitable) future use of mobile tech in monitoring/managing each individual's health care. I am not sure if a (truly) heuristic algorithm is possible at this point in time but in a decade or so.... When that time comes, I hope data security is much more stable and robust then it is now. Further, that rules/safeguards would be in place so that the answer to questions like "Who watches the watchers?" is not
"Nobody." nor "They're self-policing."

The protagonist, Dr. George Wilson, is a believable character. He isn't super-human or a "Mr. Know-It-All" But, for a guy who seems to be a decent judge of character, the wool gets pulled over his eyes with seeming ease by good-looking women who only intend to manipulate him.

May 02, 2014
  • writermala rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was for sure an edge of the seat Medical Thriller. Dr. George Wilson, radiology resident, stumbles accidentally on what he believes is a high-tech conspiracy and pays a heavy price for not giving up his own private investigation. Whom can he trust? Probably nobody. Read the book and find out! I did and loved reading about the advances one can expect in the medical field where there is going to be a paradigm shift.


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