Book Review-Stranger in a Strange World: Asperger's: The Outsider (Brier Hospital)-Lawrence Gold | Miki's Hope

Book Review-Stranger in a Strange World: Asperger's: The Outsider (Brier Hospital)-Lawrence Gold

Monday, July 10, 2017

This novel will make you think twice before you label people with Asperger syndrome. They are usually highly intelligent--more so then the "normal" person. They do have problems with socialization--but they can learn to deal with that if they decide they want to.

When Luke Hyatt was in a car accident he acquired a form of Asperger's. Prior to the accident he and his identical twin were residents at Briar Hospital. Will Luke be allowed to continue?

The struggles that Luke encounters both professionally and personally will alternately make you want to laugh or cry. His encyclopedic mind will astound you!

Another winning book by Lawrence Gold!!

About the Book: (from Amazon)

An automobile accident shatters the near-perfect lives of David and Luke Hyatt, identical twins. David survives intact, but Luke nearly dies from his injuries. The residue of Luke’s head injury is an acquired form of Asperger’s. The twins had graduated from medical school and were about to enter an internship at Brier Hospital in Berkeley. Although Luke is gifted with savant-like intelligence, can he continue his career in medicine? Will health professionals, administrators, and patients themselves accept Luke as a physician or succumb to the petty fear of someone different, or is it time for the world to consider the value of an individual beyond his or her label?

Read a chapter or two here

Purchase the book here

About the Author: (from author's website)

I was born in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, moved to Queens, and then, as New Yorkers say, my family ascended to the Island. After graduating from Valley Stream Central High School, I went to Adelphi, a college then, a university now, and then to medical school in Chicago. The war in Vietnam interrupted my postgraduate medical training with a year in Colorado Springs and another as a Battalion Surgeon in Vietnam. I spent seven months in the Central Highlands with the 4th Infantry and five months in an evacuation hospital in Long Binh outside Saigon where I ran the emergency room. I returned intact in 1968 to complete my training in internal medicine and diseases of the kidney, nephrology. I worked for twenty-three years in Berkeley, California in a hospital-based practice caring for patients with complicated illnesses often in ICU, and served as Chief of Internal Medicine and Family Practice. For many years, I was an active member of the quality assurance committee. Circumstances permitted my wife, Dorlis, and me to retire in October 1995. Before fate could intervene, we tossed off the dock lines, and sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge for a life at sea in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. Four years later, exhausted from repairing everything on board, (often many times) we sold the sailboat and within a year took the lazy man’s out; we bought a Nordic Tug trawler. We motored around Florida, the Bahamas, and the entire East Coast and completed two ‘circle trips’ to Canada and back, eight months, the first time, five months, the second. I’ve written eight novels, five in he Brier Hospital Series, and one non-fiction book, I Love My Doctor, But…, a lighthearted look at the patient/doctor relationship. I recently published my ninth novel, A Simple Cure, about the search for the cure of the most deadly skin cancer, malignant melanoma. I write primarily to entertain, but I can’t help but pass on to readers observations and beliefs culled from years of practice, and yes, my biases, too. I strive for realism in portraying the medical scene which is gripping enough without melodrama or gimmicks. With even a minor degree of success in writing novels, comes responsibility to readers. I attempt to produce honest material that reflects my beliefs. Exposing these beliefs to the public through my writing requires courage, stupidity, or both. My fans have been generous, and although nobody enjoys criticism, I’ve learned much from that, too. The novel that expresses most clearly my candor, and my bias, is For the Love of God. The novel reflects my attitudes toward those who are willing to sacrifice the lives of their children for their personal religious beliefs.

We live in beautiful Grass Valley with 11 year old Bennie, a Yorkie who just looks like he’s on steroids and 2 year old Wesley, a long-legged terrier mix with the personality of a cat.

Author's Website
Dr. Gold's Fiction and Medical News (this is very interesting)

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Gladys Parker said...

This book sounds very interesting as does his next about malignant melanoma. I always wonder if maybe medicines and cures are held back for whatever reason. I hope to see Luke be able to do what he has planned and was educated for, unless, he now has some other passion but it doesn't sound like it. It sounds like he is in for grief from the red tape of it all.

Beck Valley Books said...

It sounds like quite a gripping read, and quite thought provoking too! x

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