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Books, Journals, New Media
August 18, 2004


Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(7):869-870. doi:10.1001/jama.292.7.869

It's not easy being a doctor or a patient in the grim and gripping novel The Laws of Invisible Things. In fact, it's often depressing and sometimes deadly. The protagonist is Dr Michael Grant, a 35-year-old internist and infectious disease specialist. He seems to be cursed with a sort of anti-Midas touch: everything he contacts turns into disaster. A divorce, professional burnout, an emerging infectious illness, fear of a malpractice suit, and his own near-death experience are only some of the problems he must confront.