Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
by Philip W. Hurst and J. Willis Hurst, 288 pp, $24.95, ISBN 1-929490-04-6, Savannah, Ga, Frederic C Beil, Publisher, 2000.
This novel is by a son and father, a behavioral psychologist and a retired medical school professor, respectively. The central character, Dr Vance Connelly, like J. Willis Hurst, has retired after 30 years as chairman of the department of medicine at a prominent medical school in Atlanta, Ga, but is still active as author, teacher, consultant, and influential figure in academic medicine. Dr Connelly has strong views on the current state of affairs in the practice of medicine: he believes that a medical-legal-industrial complex has arisen and is producing "a prescription for greed." Together, father and son have a written fascinating novel dramatizing this idea.
FictionPrescription for Greed: A Novel. JAMA. 2001;285(19):2513. doi:10.1001/jama.285.19.2513-JBK0516-4-1