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This book by Robin Cook is another medical thriller, and the medical theme explored in this book is stem cell research and organ transplant.
Summary Of The Book
Pia Grazdani is a fourth year medical student. Dr. Tobias Rothman, who is a molecular biologist, picks her to be his research assistant. The research work involves growing whole human organs from stem cells.
Meanwhile, there are others with vested interests who would not like to see this happen, especially a couple of financial whiz-kids who hope to make a good deal of profit out of insurance policies acquired from critically ill patients. Due to the research, when it seems that these patients could have a chance of recovery, trouble crops up.
Dr. Rothman and one of his main research colleagues die suddenly due to an infection. They are believed to have been infected by the strain of Salmonella they were using for purposes of research. Pia, who knows the two researchers, refuses to believe that they would be so careless with lab samples and decides to investigate.
Helped by her friend George Wilson, Pia decides to trace back the events that led to the death of Dr. Rothman and his colleague. Their investigation reveals secrets that place their own lives in danger. Apart from the issue of stem cell research, its potentials, and the ethical aspects of the insurance industry, this book also delves into the darker side of foster care through the story of Pia.
Death Benefits hence makes yet another thrilling medical fiction.
About Robin Cook
Robin Cook is a doctor and writer who is widely regarded for his works. He is well known for coining the term ‘medical thriller’.
A few of his other novels include Coma, Fever, Mindbend, Godplayer, Fatal Cure, Terminal, Shock, and Intervention.
When his novel, Coma, became a phenomenal success, he followed it up with more stories that revolved around crime in the medical industry. His novels explore different themes like fertility treatment, organ donation, funding for research, genetic engineering, and stem cell research.
Dr. Robin Cook was born in New York City. He studied medicine in reputed medical schools such as Wesleyan University and Columbia University College Of Physicians And Surgeons. He was also drafted into the US Navy in the year 1969 and was discharged in 1971. Till date, he has sold more than 100 million books.
|Publisher||MacMillan Hardback Omes|
|Number of Pages||464 Pages|
|Publication Year||2011 December|
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Jan 23, 2012
Great storyAs always Robin Cook has come up with some innovative story. The story line is superb and is well written. It isn't as fast paced or intriguing as some of his other earlier books. Over all a good read. Will recommend this one :)
Nov 17, 2012
Interesting!Robin Cook has delivered a novel medical thriller. The story line is good and engrossing. Good theme. Only negative is, the ending is abrupt and many questions remain unanswered. On the whole, a good read.
Jun 28, 2012
Too abruptThe book written in various parts made very good reading. Quite fast paced. The biggest problem (that is why my rating is 1 instead of 4 or maybe even 5)is that the ending is too too abrupt. The 400 odd page book is hastily finished in the last 3 pages. Lot of loose ends and many questions still unanswered. Cook should have devoted a few more pages to close all the loops.
Sep 11, 2014
Must read for long weekendsGood packing, cute book mark and the book has been delivered well in time.
May 20, 2014
A MUST READ! :) I loved it!Death Benefit by Robin Cook reinstates the widely accepted fact, that Mr. Cook is perhaps one of the best mystery writers in the world of today.
Jan 6, 2014
Good bookGood book, Once you start reading cant stop till you complete it. As usual with all Robin Cook books.
Jan 3, 2014
FANTASTICMy Father was looking to buy this book for a long time, but could not get it anywhere.
Jun 15, 2012
ExcellentThe way Cook makes medical thrillers for non medical readers is simply superb.It is almost scary to think of such parallels in real life. Great service fro Flipkart as always and looking forward to Cook's next one
Mar 13, 2012
Death Benefit by Robin CookA different plot, not like the normal Robin Cook books which keep me glued to it. Readable - yes. Some may like it but I did not quite enjoy it wholeheartedly. Looking forward to more good books from him.
Feb 27, 2012
Very contemporaryAwesome pace, robin cook delivers exactly what is expected of him- medical thriller !! quite fascinating as recent world economic conditions have been roped in seamlessly with biotechnology and some of the instruments described are nothing short of science fiction, yet makes one think-what if its true !! I am happy I read him.