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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (7 Dec. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009960101X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099601012
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 288,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Fantastic...I loved it!" (Stephen King)

"Superb!" (Los Angeles Times)

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'Fantastic... i loved it!' STEPHEN KING

Was it murder? Was it horribly botched surgery, an accidental malpractice? Was someone in the great Boston medical centre violating the Hippocratic oath?

Only one doctor is willing to push his way through the mysterious maze of hidden medical data and shocking secrets to learn the truth.

Combining the thriller elements of Disclosure with the medical detail of ER, Michael Crichton's classic is a breathtaking suspense novel that is sure to enthral his millions of readers.

'Superb!' LOS ANGELES TIMES


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on 15 Feb. 2007
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I had to struggle through this novel. It is an early oeuvre and it shows. In the introduction Crichton virtually apologises for the novel. He explains he "didn't agonize over whether I was expressing myself; I didn't worry about art' I was writing under a pseudonym, at very high speed". The subject matter was all there as usual, it was the characterisation that was missing. This is a 400 page book that should be 600 pages. I didn't feel anything for any of the characters - I couldn't empathise with them because they were just names. I couldn't even remember who was who because they were that unmemorable! Not really worth seeking out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Timestar on 27 May 2011
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I have read most of Crichton's books but I was only aware of this one quite recently. This is the first published book that he wrote and written during a busy period in his life purely to make money. Crichton is quite open about this and this shows in the text. It has early signs of Crichton hall marks such as the use of scientfic/medical terminology and clear evidence of a lot of research into the subject being done. The idea behind the book is an interesting one but Crichton had not at the time honed his writing skills to the level seen in his later works. It is not a "bad" book. The same thing is evident if you read John Grisham's first book A Time to Kill, where gain the author admits the short comings in his writing.
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Crichton manages to amaze me, always. Whether it’s one of his last books (also posthumous) or one of those written decades ago, his writing and the way he deals with the themes of his novels are always damn topical. Although his way of creating a novel is always to find a topic that is at the centre of the work, and then build a story around it, his ability to address different topics but always in a very thorough way is something unique I have never found in any other author so far.
But let’s speak about this novel, “A case of need”, written by Crichton during the Easter holidays (he says it in the introduction) when he was still a medical student, published under a pseudonym and become a bestseller to the surprise of the author himself.
The novel itself is very technical and the fact that Crichton at the time was studying medicine is obvious. Its being so technical, for me, is a great value. Despite being written forty-seven years ago (!) and many things have changed in the field of medicine, it is still very topical and provides an opportunity for an out of the line reflection on a controversial topic such as abortion.
The story is about a doctor who was arrested because they thought that a woman had died because of an abortion performed by the former, when this practice was still illegal in most of the United States. The main character is a friend of the arrested doctor who struggles to uncover the truth. We follow him in his investigations and soon, although the structure of the thriller is elaborate and well-built, we eventually get passionate to the medical and moral implications, which are then examined in the accurate notes reported in the appendix.
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28 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Aug. 2000
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I simply couldn't put this book down. I sat up until 4am, unable to rest until I discovered the answer to the puzzle of who performed that operation! It was a fascinating book, which provided real insight into American medicine in the 1960's. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in medicine.
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Really enjoyed this, excited to find a Crichton I hadn't read. A good holiday read and a page turner. Would definitely recommend.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Fiona Wynn on 27 July 2003
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Even though I know next-to-nothing about medicine, I still found this book nearly impossible to put down. It has all the elements off a good murder mystery, and is Michael Crighton at his best.
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