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Boston, 1968
When one doctor is accused of murder, it takes another to set him free.
In the tightly knit world of Boston medicine, the Randall family reigns supreme. When heart surgeon J. D. Randall's teenage daughter dies during a botched abortion, the medical community threatens to explode. Was it malpractice? A violation of the Hippocratic Oath? Or was Karen Randall murdered in cold blood?
The natural suspect is Arthur Lee, a brilliant surgeon and known abortionist, who has been carrying out the illegal procedure with the help of pathologist John Berry. After Karen dies, Lee is thrown in jail on a murder charge, and only Berry can prove his friend wasn't the one who wielded the scalpel. Behind this gruesome death, Berry will uncover a secret that would shock even the most hardened pathologist.
A Case of Need was adapted to the screen as The Carey Treatment, directed by Blake Edwards and starring James Coburn.
©1968 Jeffery Hudson; Copyright renewed 1996 by CrichtonSun LLC (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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By Sandi Tipps on 06-08-16

A Case Of Need

As a OB- GYN nurse for 33+ years, this book was right down my alley.
I found it very enthralling and interesting, I especially liked all of the appendix info at the end!!!!! Good job!!!! 💐

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By r.j. on 07-21-17


One of my very first Michael Crichton books. I've read it twice and really enjoyed listening to it. The narrator made it so vivid for me again like I was just reading it for the first time.

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By Vicki Caesar on 06-05-17

Pros and cons of abortion

This was the most boring book I have had the misfortune to read (or listen to). No surprises, no I have to keep reading to find out what happens. It was like listening to a medical text book about whether abortion should be legalised or not. Main character also boring and annoying. He was not sure if he was a doctor or a lawyer. Don' t waste your money.
Vicki C.

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