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This is my first really negative review but I had to write it. This was more a story about the politics and bureaucracy that doctors have to deal with. The narrator was horrible. He sounded like he was reading with gum or a lifesaver in his mouth. Don't waste the credit.
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I have worked in healthcare for most of my adult life, so I was eager to read this book, thinking that it would be something I could relate to. It's certainly no thriller... There is no real suspense, and the story line is not really as interesting as I had hoped. The narrator sounded like he just wanted to get through the darned thing. His voice was often monotone, and his characters were sometimes indistinguishable. He also could have used some help with his pronunciation of medical terms.
It seemed to me that the author wrote this for unsophisticated readers. The language was often quite childish (particularly the few intimate scenes, which were almost embarrassingly written). There were obvious editing issues with tenses and pronouns.
Overall, the premise of the book was a good one. It's a good thing to explore the issues around dealing with difficult and incompetent physicians in the hospital setting. I just wish it had been much better written and performed.
What would have made First, Do No Harm better?
A different reader could have made this a better story....but only marginal. They were so monotone that you just lose interest
What could Lawrence W. Gold M.D. have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Make it less like a text book read with a story that flows.
Any additional comments?
I love a good medical thriller... this is not one of that category.