The Second Opinion

Michael Palmer

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Dr. Thea Sperelakis, diagnosed as a teen with Asperger’s syndrome, has always been an outsider. She has a brilliant medical mind, and a remarkable recall of details, but her difficulty in dealing with hidden agendas and interpersonal conflicts have led her to leave the complex, money-driven dynamics of the hospital, and to embrace working with the poor, embattled  patients of Doctors Without Borders. Her father, Petros, is one of the most celebrated internal medicine specialists in the world, and the founder of the cutting-edge Sperelakis Center for Diagnostic Medicine at Boston’s sprawling, powerful Beaumont Clinic.

Thea’s rewarding life in Africa is turned upside-down when Petros is severely injured by a hit-and-run driver. He is in the Beaumont ICU, in a deep coma. No one thinks he will survive. Thea must return home. Two of Petros’ other children, both physicians, battle Thea and her eccentric brother, Dimitri, by demanding that treatment for their father be withheld.

As Thea uncovers the facts surrounding the disaster, it seems more and more to be no accident. Petros, himself, is the only witness. Who would want him dead? The answers are trapped in his brain . . . until he looks at Thea and begins slowly to blink a terrifying message.

In The Second Opinion, Michael Palmer has created a cat-and-mouse game where one woman must confront a conspiracy of doctors to uncover an evil practice that touches every single person who ever has a medical test. With sympathetic characters and twists and betrayals that come from the most unlikely places, The Second Opinion will make you question…everything.

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PROLOGUE

“I’m afraid I have some bad news.”

Hayley Long, just two weeks past her fi fty- fi rst birthday, heard her

physician’s words as if they were being spoken through a long steel

tube.

I’m afraid I have some bad news. . . .

She wondered fl eetingly how many thousands of people heard the

same thing from their doctor every day? How many patients every

hour, maybe every minute, rode those words screeching through a

sudden right- angle turn in their lives.

I’m afraid . . .

Stephen Bibby, a graduate of Emory Med, had been her

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Michael Palmer

Michael Palmer (1942-2013) wrote internationally bestselling novels of medical suspense, including The First Patient, The Second Opinion, The Last Surgeon, A Heartbeat Away, Oath of Office and Political Suicide. His book Extreme Measures was adapted into a movie starring Hugh Grant and Gene Hackman. His books have been translated into thirty-five languages. Palmer earned his bachelor’s degree at Wesleyan University, and he attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University. He trained in internal medicine at Boston City and Massachusetts General Hospitals. He spent twenty years as a full-time practitioner of internal and emergency medicine. In addition to his writing, Palmer was an associate director of the Massachusetts Medical Society Physician Health Services, devoted to helping physicians troubled by mental illness, physical illness, behavioral issues, and chemical dependency.  He lived in eastern Massachusetts. 

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The Second Opinion
Michael Palmer

e-Book Agency

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St. Martin's Press
February 2009
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429920124
ISBN10: 1429920122
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 384 pages
$9.99

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Mass Market Paperbound
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Paperbacks
December 2009
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780312937768
ISBN10: 0312937768
4 3/16 x 7 1/2 inches, 432 pages
$9.99
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