Friday, April 17, 2015

State of Mind by Lawrence W. Gold (Brier Hospital #8)

State of Mind
by Lawrence W. Gold

My rating: 4 stars

Series: Brier Hospital - Book 8
Publication Date: January 21, 2015
Publisher: Lawrence W. Gold
ISBN-10: 1507612311
ISBN-13: 978-1507612316
Genre: Medical Thriller | Suspense
Print Length: 281 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


Dr. Kimberly Powell, a Ph.D. in neuropsychology, works in a research lab trying to understand the roots of violence by stimulating the brains of aggressive rats to reduce their savagery.
Her successes lead to phase I safety trials in volunteers and prisoners, and then to phase II and III studies in patients.
Soon it becomes clear that Kim’s brain stimulating techniques, besides controlling aggression, offer the potential to cure a number of medical problems including Parkinson’s disease, depression, PTSD, and many others.
When the court instructs her to treat a psychopathic killer, she’s appalled. What would such a killer, if cured, still owe to his victims and to society?
The ethical implications of the research and especially its application on humans are substantial, but so, too, is her altruistic desire to help.
Where is the balance and how far and how fast should these trials proceed—and, at what cost?

State of Mind (Brier Hospital #8)My Review
State of Mind by Lawrence W. Gold 

When we think of medical science, we forget that the doctors and scientists behind the breakthroughs are human, flawed and often with their own agenda, good or bad. And don’t forget the government involvement when it comes to break-through treatments. State of Mind by Lawrence W. Gold gets down to the grit in the bullpens of the medical world while strategically using his own medical background to create a true sense of realism and drama.

A new breakthrough treatment for Parkinson’s, aggression and PTSD has been found, in the cutting edge science of trying to ferret out the secrets of the brain. Is it safe to go to trials or should more testing be done? Kim Powell is her group’s voice of reason and of ethical conscience, but the powers that be think they know better and offer up convicts to use as test patients. Will their aggressive behavior be tamed? How long will it last? Will there be unforeseen backlashes?
Kim has a haunted past which has never left her, her intelligence and personal commitment and drive are reflective of her trauma. Is it affecting how she sees her research?

Just like in the laboratory, the end result of this story is hidden behind the twists and turns of a well-written plot that takes the reader on a journey behind the scenes of an amazing scientific find. If you enjoy the drama of a good medical mystery, filled with intrigue and poking at the ins and outs of the politics, finances and their impact on the great minds behind the microscope, Lawrence W. Gold has a story to tell and he does it a powerful stroke of his pen.

Make an appointment with yourself to remember to check out this enthralling and thought-provoking read! Put this one under the microscope, you’ll be amazed at what you read!

I received this copy from Lawrence W. Gold in exchange for my honest review.

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