[bksvol-discuss] Book submitted: Vital Signs

  • From: "Shelley L. Rhodes" <juddysbuddy@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bookshare-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 5 Feb 2005 10:23:31 -0500

Book to replace the "fair" copy in the collection.  Also whoever does this 
one, there is now a short and long synopsis, that need to be addred to the 
comments file to be fixed.
.rtf file.  Read through, and spell checked, I protected the chapter 
headings where I thought they needed it.

Vital Signs
By Robin Cook

From the book jacket:
Where life begins, terror lurks. . . . Only Robin Cook, acknowledged master 
of the technomedical  thriller, could have written this supremely chilling 
novel about the passion to create life-and the power to destroy it.
Millions of readers met crusading epidemiologist Marissa Blumenthal in the 
pages of the bestselling Outbreak. Now Robin Cook brings back his feisty 
heroine in a gripping new tale, Vital Signs-a roller-coaster ride into the 
unexpected and the utterly unconscionable.
In the eyes of her envious peers, Marissa has it all: a superb professional 
reputation, a flourishing pediatrics practice, even a fairy tale marriage 
with the man of her dreams-Robert Buchanan, an entrepreneur involved in 
health-care administration and research.
But there is one thing Marissa does not have: the child she desperately 
desires. And when tests confirm that her sealed fallopian
tubes have rendered her infertile, her perfect world begins to crumble. 
Obsessed with becoming pregnant, Marissa barely even notices the disastrous 
effect her  fixation is having on her marriage and career.
When a little medical sleuthing points to suspicious origins of her 
infertility, Marissa boldly challenges the law. Along with Wendy, a new 
friend with a similar infertility problem, she breaks into a fertility 
clinic, travels to Australia, a center of in-vitro fertilization, then on to 
Hong Kong.
The two women's exploration of the brave new world of reproductive 
technologies takes a shocking turn when Wendy is violently killed-and 
Marissa's own life is mysteriously threatened. But personal danger does not 
deter her, and she allows herself to be drawn into the dark vortex of the 
baby- making business, where a woman's dearest dream turns slowly, 
agonizingly to dread
Timely, top-notch suspense that will grip the reader from the very first 
page, Vital Signs proves once again the unique and compelling genius of 
Robin Cook.

Dr. Robin Cook, a graduate of the Columbia University medical school, 
finished his postgraduate medical training at Harvard. He is currently on 
leave from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He lives and writes in 

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