ContagionBook - 1995
In a story of the dangers of managed health care, ophthalmologist-turned-forensic pathologist John Stapleton investigates a series of virulent and lethal illnesses targeting more costly patients of a giant for-profit medical conglomerate
Blackwell North Amer
After he loses first his midwestern ophthalmology practice to a for-profit medical giant and then his family to a commuter airline tragedy, Dr. John Stapleton's life is transformed to ashes. Feeling less the golden boy than a jaded cynic, Stapleton retrains in forensic pathology and relocates to find an uneasy niche for himself in a city that suits his changed perspective: the cold, indifferent, concrete maze of New York.
Stapleton thinks he is past pain and past caring, but as a series of virulent and extremely lethal illnesses - capped by a particularly deadly outbreak of a rare strain of influenzastrikes the young, the old, and the innocent, his suspicions are aroused. When the apparent epicenters of these outbreaks are revealed to be hospitals and clinics controlled by the same for-profit giant that cannibalized his old ophthalmology practice, Stapleton fears he has stumbled upon a diabolic conspiracy of catastrophic proportions: Could the for-profit giant be engaged in the systematic elimination of its more costly subscribers?
Getting at the truth leads to Stapleton's unlikely pairing - both professionally and personally - with Terese Hagen, an art director at a hot Madison Avenue advertising firm. Together they discover that the real explanation behind the killer contagious is even more Machiavellian than could be imagined.
In a story of the dangers of managed health care, ophthalmologist-turned-foresic pathologist John Stapleton investigates a series of virulent and lethal illnesses targeting more costly patients of a giant for-profit medical conglomerate. 300,000 first printing. $225,000 ad/promo. Lit Guild Main.
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Dr. John Stapleton is forced out of his opthalmology practice by National Health, a for profit medical giant. He does another residency in pathology and is now a coroner in New York. He is investigating the sudden deaths coming from from Manhattan General Hospital where patients and staff are dying from infections with fast acting incubation periods. The hospital is owned by National Health. John's investigation gets him in trouble with both his boss and Manhattan General but he finds the truth.
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