Reviewing the works of medical authors has been an enjoyable change of pace for me. While it did take me while to finish this latest book, it wasn’t for a lack of interest. Instead, it was needing to fit reading text into my schedule, rather than road-ready audio.
Dr. Alan Wyler, a neurosurgeon, was dead right on his newest medical thriller – Dead Wrong. It was full of mystery, suspense and a battle between good and evil, as well as, smart and not-so-smart, or perhaps, ego vs. a-bit-much-ego.
The setting is mostly in (or should I say “within”) a large academic medical center and there are plenty of peaks into the environment that some of us take for granted -- until we read about it in a fictional story. It also provides a bit of medical and technical education (I liked the stuff on X-ray/CT/MRI) and a bit of fantasy or futuristic science.
This book is certainly not a “chick” book, so men will like it along with women who don’t mind a bit of “man talk”. Anyone involved in medical ethics may find Dead Wrong stirring a bit of “what if” thinking and those with hospital security responsibilities will find some new ideas for their next facility risk assessment. There is also a great deal in this book for those who like to think about strategy and actions and/or counter actions.
But, perhaps most importantly (and costly) is that this story is a Risk Manager’s nightmare. It highlights the importance of really engaged patients, sound consent processes and enterprise-wide research oversight.
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