The Plague Within is the latest in the Brier Hospital Series.
Like in all my medical fiction, I try to combine the reality of the medical setting with the drama that’s intrinsic to practicing today.
In this novel, I took the opportunity to extrapolate the potential of gene therapy into the future. In my mind, the events as described are so nearly here, that science fiction almost doesn’t apply.
When I read the medical literature, the newest discoveries sound, too, like fiction, but they’re reality.
Let’s hope that science respects Isaac Asimov’s admonitions: That science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom, and that we won’t, again, learn the hard way.
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepiest One Yet June 12, 2013
By Anna Baker
I had the privilege of seeing a pre-publication copy of this book. It's the best one yet from Dr. Gold. And the scariest, because I know how some folks feel about aging and the machinations they go through to keep looking and feeling young, some of them dangerous. I'm a fan of the Breir Hospital series, and Gold doesn't disappoint. The ending is a doosey, also the best yet. Be careful what you wish for.
Description: Even in the age of the genome and sophisticated biotechnology, medical progress still moves at a snail’s pace. Seasoned investigators are matured by experience and they accept the virtue of the too-slow scientific process. The young, however have been brought up in a world of instant gratification, and they barrel ahead never looking back to see the havoc in their wake.
So it is with Dr. Harmony Lane. In her single-minded obsession to cure her patients, she cuts corners and treats a desperately ill woman with an experimental viral vector provided by an unscrupulous research scientist. While he shares her impatience, he cares nothing for her humanistic sensibilities. She uses a similar vector on her patients with autoimmune diseases.
While the vector has remarkable curative properties, it soon becomes clear that it has devastating and lethal side effects.
The race is on to cure or at least control the vector before it kills again.
The novel proves, once again, that “the road to hell is paved with good intentions”.