The First Patient by Michael Palmer

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From the blockbuster, New York Times bestselling author comes a high-concept, high-octane thriller at the crossroads of presidential politics and cutting-edge medicine. . . .

Gabe Singleton and Andrew Stoddard were roommates at the Naval Academy in Annapolis years ago. Today, Gabe is a country doctor and his friend Andrew has gone from war hero to governor to President of the United States. One day, while the United States is embroiled in a bitter presidential election campaign, Marine One lands on Gabe's Wyoming ranch, and President Stoddard delivers a disturbing revelation and a startling request. His personal physician has suddenly and mysteriously disappeared, and he desperately needs Gabe to take the man's place. Despite serious misgivings, Gabe agrees to come to Washington. It is not until he is ensconced in the White House medical office that Gabe realizes there is strong evidence that the President is going insane. Facing a crisis of conscience--as President Stoddard's physician, he has the power to invoke the Twenty-fifth Amendment to transfer presidential power to the Vice President--Gabe uncovers increasing evidence that his friend's condition may not be due to natural causes.

Who? Why? And how? The President's life is at stake. A small-town doctor suddenly finds himself in the most powerful position on earth, and the safety of the world is in jeopardy. Gabe Singleton must find the answers, and the clock is ticking. . . .

With Michael Palmer's trademark medical details, and steeped in meticulous political insider knowledge, The First Patient is an unforgettable story of suspense.

 

About Michael Palmer

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Michael Palmer, M.D., is the author of eleven novels of medical suspense, all international bestsellers. In addition to his writing, Palmer is an associate director of the Massachusetts Medical Society Physician Health Services, devoted to helping physicians troubled by mental illness, physical illness, behavioral issues, and chemical dependency, including alcoholism. In what spare time he has, Palmer is a weight lifter and avid tournament bridge player. He lives in eastern Massachusetts, where he is best known for his two eccentric cats and three terrific sons. Visit and write him at www.michaelpalmerbooks.com.
 
Published February 19, 2008 by St. Martin's Press. 382 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics, Crime, War. Fiction

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A predictable and anticlimactic medical thriller featuring physician Gabe Singleton, a recovering alcoholic and ex-con who's summoned to Washington D.C.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of The First Patient

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Within 24 hours of arriving in Washington, Gabe is summoned to the White House's private quarters to treat the President for what appears to be a mental breakdown.

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It does not take long to discover that something is seriously wrong with the President, and the question quickly becomes, is the President capable of completing his duties?

Mar 27 2009 | Read Full Review of The First Patient

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What would happen if the President of the United States was incapacitated, but a conspiracy was afoot to make it appear that the President was still in charge?

Apr 21 2008 | Read Full Review of The First Patient

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