On 17 March 2003, Robin Cook, Leader of the House of Commons and former Foreign Secretary, resigned from the Cabinet in protest against the coming war in Iraq. His resignation speech against that war prompted the first standing ovation in the history of the House and marked the end of the ministerial career of one of Labour's most brilliant politicians. His arguments against that war are of profound interest and importance to American readers. For the two years prior to his resignation, Robin Cook kept a diary, a personal record of Labour's second term, that forms the core of this narrative. The Point of Departure is Robin Cook's unvarnished account of this dramatic period in British political history. Though surprised by his abrupt dismissal in 2001 as Foreign Secretary, he became determined to effect the changes in Parliamentary democracy that he believed were essential if Parliament was to move into the twenty-first century. As Tony Blair told Cook on offering him leadership of the House of Commons, "This is the job for you." Drawing on firsthand experiences in the Commons and the Cabinet, of encounters in conferences and corridors and late-night conversations, Cook details his gathering disillusionment with Tony Blair's change of direction, which he believes to be profoundly mistaken, and, above all, the change in foreign policy that led the United Kingdom away from its destiny in Europe and into participation in President Bush's war in Iraq. This is the inside story of a government in power -- and of the tensions between those who govern. But above all it is the story of a politician who genuinely wanted to bring democracy closer to the people, but who saw a government increasingly detached from the values of himself and his party, and who developed a growing conviction that the government position on Iraq was morally, diplomatically, and politically wrong.
Senator Butler introduces a bill to ban a new procedure that would take stem cell research to the next level. Dr. Lowell, sees it as a blow to people who might benefit from its promised therapies.
Two women answer an ad for egg donation at a fertility clinic. They later disguise themselves and seek jobs at the clinic to discover what happened to their egg donations. The clinic has many secrets to keep, and the two women soon find themselves embroiled in a dangerous mystery.
Adventure thriller set in Egypt. The discovery of a never opened tomb and murder involves a Egyptologist in danger.
A gripping novel of bacterial poisoning and corporate malevolence, from the dean of medical thrillers.
El maestro del thriller de ambientación médica nos ofrece una espeluznante novela sobre las intoxicaciones alimenticias y la deshumanización de las grandes corporaciones. Kim Reggis, un famoso cirujano cardiovascular, lleva a su hija Becky a cenar la típica hamburguesa con patatas fritas, sin imaginar que este acto cotidiano cambiará su vida para siempre. En los días siguientes, Becky enfermará gravemente a causa de una intoxicación producida por una bacteria letal. A partir de entonces, Kim sufrirá las perturbadoras consecuencias de la realidad médica desde el punto de vista de los pacientes y deberá enfrentarse a las normas y prácticas que anteponenlos beneficios económicos al juramento hipocrático. Desesperado ante el destino inexorable de su hija y a riesgo de su propia vida,Kim decide investigar las causas de la enfermedad, lo que le conducirá por un laberinto de intereses espurios que salpican hasta las más altas instancias gubernamentales.Narrada en un vibrante crescendo de intriga y tensión, Toxina aborda un tema inquietante del que nadie está a salvo: ¿Qué comemos en realidad cuando salimos de casa? ¿Quién controla la calidad de los alimentos consumidos diariamente por millones de personas? ¿Qué intereses sinuosos se mueven tras una inocente hamburguesa o cualquier plato de comida rápida?
Los tranquilos paseantes del Central Park ignoran que está a punto de producirse una catástrofe de consecuencias pavorosas. Solo los patólogos forenses Jack Stapleton y Laurie Montgomery, protagonistas también del anterior éxito del autor, Cromosoma 6, disponen de imprecisas pistas que podrían conducir a evitar lo que parece inevitable. Pero para conseguirlo no solo deberán confiar en el azar, sino también arriesgar su propia vida y la de miles de personas inocentes...
An anthrax virus is turned loose in a New York government building and in Central Park.
Dr. Marissa Blumenthal's dream of becoming pregnant has turned into an obsession. A Successful pediatrician, she will try any scientific method available to conceive. Until the horrible secrets of an urban clinic erupt in a nightmare of staggering proportions.
The nurse is desperate. "Dr. Peters, the patient has stopped breathing and he doesn't have any pulse." "I'm on my way." Dr. Peters, in his fifteenth day of internship, is running again. True, he has been trained to run, through high school, the Ivy League, and a prestigious eastern medical school. Now he has run all the way to Hawaii for his year as an intern. He has run away from the pressure and competition of the mainland medical system. He is tired-tired and scared. And with good reason. After two weeks on call, his exhausted nervous system is in rebellion. Worse yet, three years of the best medical training this country has to offer have taught him too little of practical value. He knows less than a nurse about medication; his surgical knots won't hold; all his knowledge about Schwartzman reaction and other esotérica is useless in the practical hurly-burly of daily hospital life. As for the man who has stopped breathing- "What time did he die?" Peters asks the nurse. "He died when you pronounced him dead, Doctor." Some parts of Hawaii do not disappoint. The climate and the girls are joyful. But in his attempt to grow as a doctor, Peters on his own. As posstesor of a medical degree he is called "Doctor" he is a stage prop, a human mechanism holding retractors through endless operations, staring at the back of the surgeon, unable to see, to learn. On the ward, senior doctors see to it that Peters does the work-ups-fills out charts, draws blood, the "scut" work-and handles night calls. Thus Peters alternates between frustrating days and panic-filled nights. In the emergency room it is much the same. Amid the banality of common colds, backaches, and surfing lacerations, Peters delivers a baby, handles the multiple wreckage of an automobile accident, and deals as best he can with patients who need years of psychiatric care rather than a few hurried minutes with an intern.
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