Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Life Support, Tess Gerritsen - 1997

How far do we go to prolong life? How much of our humanity do we sacrifice?
How many times have we considered to do something in order to live longer and beyond the limits that the human condition allows? extra vitamins, rejuvenation treatments, plastic surgery and so on. Thinking the most of the times about the aesthetic element, rather than the actual fact of enjoy and seize better our time.

...her life, once so well ordered, was now totally and irretrievably screwed up.

Dr. Toby Harper MD covers night shifts in the ER at a hospital in Boston, giving her life in full to patients and all what left is to take care of her mother who suffers from Alzheimer's. A disastrous night will derive in a dangerous investigation where her reputation, the life of her beloved and hers will be at stake.

How to explain three sudden deaths with the same odd symptoms in senile people, their relation with two creepy births, a murder at the doors of the clinic where she works and the noticeable growth of a state-of-the-art clinic for rich retired people?

Tess Gerritsen brings us in this medical thriller the very best approaching to the real life of those who give us time, nerves, heart, mind, energy and, in other words, their own lives to keep ours in better conditions. At the same time, she brings to the debate the ethics on medical research and health business with all the elements that these involve.

In the ER, every task would have been done in the blink of an eye, without a doctor uttering a single word.

Keep an eye on: the fascinating, fully detailed, vivid, realistic and unquestionably well described characters and environment those that compose the full cast of this plot. The themes brought to the table such as ethics, ambition, principles, respect for the elderly, the human condition and its limitations, etc.

A novel like this could be only written by a true insider who knows perfectly the ups and downs of the life of a medical doctor and has the authentic skills of a writer. In other words, this novel could be only written by Gerritsen.

If you are a medical doctor, a paramedic, an emergency medical technician, a nurse or you are involved in some way or other in the world of medicine, this book is mandatory in your life. For everyone else who loves an excellent thriller full details, excellent plot and well built characters, 'Life Support' is a must-read.

... and the words became her mantra. Keep her alive. Keep her alive...

Definitely a must-read
ISBN: 9780553824520

This review is dedicated to my beloved sister who I could see on every single line of this book and who dedicates her life to help others. To my dear brother in law who also sacrifices a lot of his own life for the others. And to Jorge, who, along with the two above, are my everyday heroes.

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