Charlatans

Charlatans

Book - 2017
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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"--
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780735212480
0735212481
Characteristics: 435 pages ;,24 cm.

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drjoanv
Jan 08, 2018

Yes, the end was a little strange...no real resolution to what happened to Noah and Ava, but Cook is still one of the best authors around.

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tjdickey
Dec 21, 2017

We usually expect Cook to delve very bluntly into conspiracies involving medical technology, and "Charlatans" is thus a little out of character. As the title implies, the issues here are a more nebulous host of questions regarding truth in the medical field (concurrent surgeries, patient control over procedures, basic qualifications for practicing medicine), and more importantly about life in the age of social media - how simple is it for us to re-invent ourselves with "sockpuppets" and multiple profiles, and where is the truth about who we are?

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Jeepangel
Dec 15, 2017

Characters were likeable enough but the ending was weird, unfulfilling and just a big fat zero.

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nannianni
Sep 30, 2017

The plot was good, however, the ending was flat.

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