The Clinic

The Clinic

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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 358.34g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552084182
  • 9780552084185

Review Text

The Clinic's a scrub-swab commercial novel one incision above Slaughter about medical malpractice in California where a Dr. Matthew Hatch picks up the knife faster than you can take a temperature. Dr. Peter de Haan joins his clinic and his first case, a youngster, is one of Hatch's casualties, followed by a woman with two children. Then there's Anne, whom Peter falls in love with, and after she becomes pregnant. Dr. Hatch does a gratuitous hysterectomy on her. By this time Peter is seeing mercurochrome red-Anne leaves him (temporarily)-and Peter litigates against Dr. Hatch in a suit involving the equally unnecessary death of a young husband and father of several. The trial, which takes up a third, closing part of the time could have used a prosectomy; up until then it's been a routine novel of this kind with only a few pelvic procedures. Mr. Kerr is a pseudonymous doctor and you can guess it-"His bilirubin's elevated a little at two point four. His amylase was normal at eight." The love story is a lot less authoritative. (Kirkus Reviews)show more