The Second Opinion by Michael Palmer

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Dr. Thea Sperelakis, diagnosed as a teen with Asperger's syndrome, has always been an outsider. She has a brilliant medical mind, and a remarkable recall of details, but her difficulty in dealing with hidden agendas and interpersonal conflicts have led her to leave the complex, money-driven dynamics of the hospital, and to embrace working with the poor, embattled patients of Doctors Without Borders. Her father, Petros, is one of the most celebrated internal medicine specialists in the world, and the founder of the cutting-edge Sperelakis Center for Diagnostic Medicine at Boston's sprawling, powerful Beaumont Clinic.

Thea's rewarding life in Africa is turned upside-down when Petros is severely injured by a hit-and-run driver. He is in the Beaumont ICU, in a deep coma. No one thinks he will survive. Thea must return home. Two of Petros' other children, both physicians, battle Thea and her eccentric brother, Dimitri, by demanding that treatment for their father be withheld.

As Thea uncovers the facts surrounding the disaster, it seems more and more to be no accident. Petros, himself, is the only witness. Who would want him dead? The answers are trapped in his brain . . . until he looks at Thea and begins slowly to blink a terrifying message.

In The Second Opinion, Michael Palmer has created a cat-and-mouse game where one woman must confront a conspiracy of doctors to uncover an evil practice that touches every single person who ever has a medical test. With sympathetic characters and twists and betrayals that come from the most unlikely places, The Second Opinion will make you question…everything.

 

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 17, 2009 by St. Martin's Press. 433 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Or, as usual, will they completely dismiss Dimitri and make fun of Thea?

Jan 23 2011 | Read Full Review of The Second Opinion

Suite 101

While a brilliant doctor lies in a coma, his daughter discovers the accident that put him there was not really an accident.

May 08 2009 | Read Full Review of The Second Opinion

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It is also a story about medical fraud, erroneous medical testing, and a medical conspiracy that will have you looking over your shoulder the next time you go to your doctor or need to spend some time in a hospital!

Apr 08 2009 | Read Full Review of The Second Opinion

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