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December 9, 1998

FictionMiracle Cure

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Copyright 1998 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1998American Medical Association

JAMA. 1998;280(22):1962. doi:10.1001/jama.280.22.1962-JBK1209-3-1

Thriller novels now come in specific varieties, eg, spy, legal, medical, science-fiction. In recent years the medical thriller has become one of the most popular. Among the 50 top-selling medical thrillers recently reported by the Internet bookstore Amazon.com are several by physicians Robin Cook and Michael Palmer.

Doctors as authors are able to achieve medical plausibility and avoid errors that many readers, especially the medically oriented, will spot. In Palmer's Miracle Cure, the Boston hospital complexes, down to their staff politics, finances, and architecture, have an authentic ring, which makes the thriller believable and all the more frightening.

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