Book Review - The Plague Within – Lawrence W. Gold, M.D. | Miki's Hope

Book Review - The Plague Within – Lawrence W. Gold, M.D.

Friday, June 28, 2013

I did a review for a book for this same author a while age-“I Love My Doctor, But…” which attempted to help us all understand doctors and what we can expect or not expect from them (click here for that review). This time Dr. Gold has sent a psychological medical mystery novel which delves into a very current medical theme.

Gene therapy is a hot topic these days and no matter how you feel about it you will love this book. It does give you insights into the medical profession. It also shows how researchers can manipulate statistics when it comes to test results to prove their point!! Even though this book is fictitious-it could very easily happen given the right circumstances. This is another one of those page turners that you won’t be able to put down-------

From the Back of the Book:


Even in the age of the genome and sophisticated biotechnology, medical progress still moves at a snail’s pace. Seasoned investigators, matured by experience, accept the virtue of the too-slow scientific process, while the young, brought up in a world of instant gratification, barrel ahead never looking back to see the havoc in their wake.

So it is with Dr. Harmony Lane. In her single minded obsession to cure, she cuts corners and treats a desperately ill woman with an experimental viral vector provided by an unscrupulous research scientist. While he shares her impatience, he cares nothing for her humanistic sensibilities. She uses a similar vector on her patients with autoimmune diseases.

While the vector has remarkable curative properties, it soon becomes clear that it has devastating and lethal side effects.

The race is on to cure or at least control the vector before it kills again.

The novel proves, once again, that “The road to hell is paved with good intentions”.

This book can be purchased at Amazon and Barnes & Nobel


About the Author


Dr. Gold practiced internal medicine and nephrology (diseases of the kidney) in Berkeley, California for twenty-three years. He was an active participant in the hospital’s quality assurance program. Dr. Gold served as chief of the department of internal medical and family practice.

After retiring, Dr. Gold set sail with his wife, Doris and their cat, Funina. They cruised Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean on a Sparkman and Sparkman cutter. They sold the sailboat and cruised Florida, the Bahamas, the United States East Coast and Canada on a Nordic Tug.

They are back on land in spectacular Grass Valley, California.

You can visit Dr. Gold here: http://www.lawrencegoldmd.com
or on his blog where you can see the other books (NOVELS) he's written: http://drgoldsfiction.blogspot.com/




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23 comments :

miranda leigh said...

now that sounds lije something i would read!

Leigh @ OneandOneEqualsTwinFun said...

For some reason I expected the Doctor in the book to be a guy, so I liked that it wasn't :)

Samantha Gronemyer said...

Ohhh, this looks interesting. I am all caught up on Grey's anatomy, so maybe I can actually learn from something addicting lol

Maria said...

I work in healthcare and some of my coworkers love medical mysteries within book plots. Going to pass this review along. :)

becca said...

sound interesting will check it out

Cindy Batchelor said...

I had never heard of this book but it sounds very intestesting! Thank you so much for sharing! happy friday! xo xo

Sofia @ From PDX with Love said...

What is worse is that there are, indeed, a lot of scientists and researches (even doctors) that care less for the life of a human being and more about their own gratification.

Might just have to read this.

MzBaker @ Daleville Alabama Kitchens said...

Sounds like a very interesting book!

Christy Maurer said...

Sounds like a winner! I'll have to add it to my huge pile!!

Mamalicious RAOM said...

You always have such great recommendations for my reading list. Thanks for another one.

Jennifer Williams said...

I have been wanting to learn more about gene therapy and love his books so I will have to check this one out.

Nicole A. said...

Sort of reminds me of a movie that I just saw.

Cyndie said...

would love to read this book

Jennifer said...

Wow! This seems so different from his last work...I'll have to check it out though - sounds like a nail biter!

Patricia Woolverton said...

sounds like a good read.

Melinda Dunne said...

Now that sounds really intriguing. My husband is a science man and would probably really enjoy this.

Chubskulit Rose said...

This sounds so fascinating to read.

Lexie Lane said...

This could be something that might freak me out. Though it sounds really interesting, I could see myself not sleeping for days. Science gone wrong is stuff that makes me nervous!

Bless said...

I am interested to read this book as I like to read medical-related stories.

Mel Cole said...

Sounds interesting to read indeed. Sometimes, it gives me goosebumps to read such realistic books.

April M. said...

interesting book. would definitely check this out!

nova hedges said...

Not sure if I'll read this book, seems to be just scary and full of mysteries..

Corinne Schmitt said...

This book is right up my alley! Can't wait to get my hands on a copy.

 
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