By: Lawrence W. Gold, M.D.While medical students suspect that every headache is a brain tumor and that every chest pain is a heart attack, experienced physicians know diseases along a spectrum of horror-the ones they dread the most.
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Book DescriptionThere is enough major trauma and emotional angst in this book to provide the initial threads for four novels. Mike is a physician and Lisa is a nurse that works in neonatal intensive care that grew up in an extremely abusive home. They meet and fall in love and have a wonderful relationship where the only problem is Lisa's inability to conceive.
Disaster strikes when Mike is in an extremely serious auto accident and is comatose. The title is a reference to "locked-in syndrome" a medical condition where the patient is otherwise conscious but is completely unable to move anything other than his eyes. Since Mike is one of their own, the medical staff at Brier Hospital takes his case very personal. This is the first initial thread.
Meanwhile, Lisa's pregnancy is a constant battle to keep her and the baby alive and together. As an experienced nurse of premature babies, Lisa knows very well the seriousness of her case. She is aided by her dear friend Phoebe but faces difficulties with Mike's relatives. This is the second initial thread.
Harvey is Lisa's obstetrician and his daughter Roberta has severe chemical dependency issues. Her problems, encounters with the legal system and Harvey's reaction to it are the third initial thread.
Problem patients and malpractice threats are a part of the practice of medicine and Gold takes a brief tangential path down this thread as well. There are two instances where the medical people have to deal with the threat of a malpractice suit as well as the formal launching of one. This is the fourth potential thread.
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