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Newly minted chief resident at Boston Memorial Hospital Noah Rothauser is swamped in his new position, from managing the surgical schedules to dealing with the fallouts from patient deaths. Known for its medical advances, the famed teaching hospital has fitted several ORs as "hybrid operating rooms of the future" - an improvement that seems positive until an anesthesia error during a routine procedure results in the death of an otherwise healthy man. Noah suspects Dr. William Mason, an egotistical world-class surgeon, of an error during the operation and of tampering with the patient's record afterward. But Mason is quick to blame anesthesiologist, Dr. Ava London.
When more anesthesia-related deaths start to occur, Noah is forced to question all of the residents on his staff, including Ava, and he quickly realizes there's more to her than what he sees. A social-media junkie, Ava has created multiple alternate personas for herself on the Internet. With his own job and credibility now in jeopardy, Noah must decide which doctor is at fault and who he can believe - before any more lives are lost.
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By donna on 08-30-17
Social engineering at its best
I work as an RN, CNOR, in short operating room nurse. This book captures an accurate snapshot of life in the medical field. Things can go terribly wrong in a heartbeat and there is a whole cascade of incidents that lead up to it. You can give 110% and things still go wrong. (As health care workers we are always trying to fix that).
But the real story is the social engineering that is going on in everyone's lives.
It has taken away the human elements of connection and experience. The book acknowledges that the mind cage of " cyber" life is real. To me that thought is horrifying. Worth your time $ or credit. It does get you to think. Which is the purpose of good books.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
By Wayne on 12-07-17
A winner from Dr. Cook and George Guidall
Unlike most of Dr. Robin Cook's medical thrillers during the last 40 years Charlatan deals with medical education and medical ethics in the age of the Internet and social media. The plot is fascinating. George Guidall's narration always makes a novel even better.
I purchased Charlatan 5 days after it was published and after just listening to it I regret not listening to it sooner.
13 of 14 people found this review helpful