Act of Negligence

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Pub Date 15 Jun 2021 | Archive Date 20 Aug 2021

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Something unusual is going on with the dementia patients at Pleasant View Nursing Home.

Dr. Jim Bob Brady, Houston orthopedic surgeon and amateur sleuth, finds himself in the midst of a different type of medical mystery. His friend and colleague, Dr. James Morgenstern, refers him a series of dementia patients with orthopedic problems from Pleasant View Nursing Home. Each patient dies, irrespective of the treatment, a situation that Doc Brady is unaccustomed to.

Each death prompts an autopsy, performed by another Brady colleague, Dr. Jeff Clarke, who discovers unusual brain pathology in each patient. Some of the tissue samples show nerve regeneration, a finding unheard of in dementia patients.

Doc Brady, enraged by the loss of his patients and obsessively curious about the pathologic findings, begins to investigate the nursing home, as well as its owner and CEO, Dr. Theodore Frazier. This leads Brady and Clarke on an adventure to discover the happenings at Pleasant View—an adventure that sees them running for their lives.

Something unusual is going on with the dementia patients at Pleasant View Nursing Home.

Dr. Jim Bob Brady, Houston orthopedic surgeon and amateur sleuth, finds himself in the midst of a different type...

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Jim Bob is back and better than ever. I was disappointed in the smaller role of his wonderful wife, but the nature of the story warranted it. As Alzheimer’s/dementia patients are passing away in excessive numbers following routine surgeries, the good doctor’s curiosity gets him involved in investigating what’s causing the deaths. Fast-paced, educational, and very exciting!

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Thank you to #Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read "Act of Negligence", the new medical thriller by John Bishop, MD in return for a fair and honest review.

Having read one other in this series - and planning to read the other two - I jumped at the chance to read the latest adventure of Dr Jim Bob Brady, Orthopedic Surgeon, along with his wife Mary Louise and his associates.
This time, Jim Bob is involved in the world of Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and other dementias, as well as medical experimentation.

When four patients referred to Dr. Brady die after what should be routine surgeries - for age-related issues such as broken bones - and all due to rapid heart failure, Dr. Brady becomes suspicious; especially when all four were referred to him by the same doctor at the same Long Term Care facility. And it appears that a) they are early-onset AD sufferers.

Enlisting the pathology head to examine the brains of these patients, it soon becomes apparent that there is 'something fishy' about both their diagnoses, treatments and deaths. So, it's Dr. Jim Bob, amateur detective time.

As in his previous novels, Dr. Bishop delves into the minutia of his operating procedures, sometimes a little too deeply, but if you've read his other books, this should not come as a surprise. Sometimes I feel as if I could perform the same surgeries after his exhaustive explanations and step-by-step expositions.

We are introduced to extensive explanations of the reasons for Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias, but along the way we're also treated to a cracking good mystery, with a hair-raising climax.

Certainly this book can be read as a standalone, but it would be a good idea to start at the beginning of the series, so you get a feel for Dr. Bishop's style. Recommended for anyone who enjoys an in-depth mystery with a lot of medicine thrown in.

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A Medical Thriller

Doc Brady book #4

Dr. Jim Brady, a Houston orthopedic surgeon and amateur sleuth finds himself in a medical mystery when a colleague of his from a Nursing Home refers dementia patients with orthopedic problems to his care, irrespective of the treatment each patient dies....Autopsies are performed that revealed unusual brain pathology...Unaccustomed to these findings, both Dr. Brady and Dr. Frazier, the pathologist, need to get at the bottom of this mystery.... Time for sleuthing.....and plunging us into one of those medical mysteries none of us would like to be involved in.....

Although this latest is part of a series it stands well on its own. The story is unique and captivating, along the way the author, a medical specialist, delves with minutia into the progress of Alzheimer’s and other dementia’s conditions. Actually he does that extensively, may be a bit too much for the average Jo like myself. But the mystery is so intense it is easy to overcome all the technical medical terms, move on and get into this cracking tale of mystery and suspense. I was riveted in this saga from start to finish omit its educational side let yourself be pulled into a fast-paced and exciting mystery who brings curious men on an adventure that sees them running for their lives.

This story is written with expertise and is played out by pleasant characters that are entertaining even the evil guys. This drama captured my attention.... could this really happen? Do doctors experiment on dementia patients supposedly for their good....scary...


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This book was brilliantly written. There is a beautiful love story of the lomg mafrried couple with the husband pursuing a passionate career inorthpaedics and shhe supports him brilliantly. He picks upo right away that some patients of is are dyimg on his watch, which doesnt sit well with him, He never has people die on his operating table. The stars align and a plan comes together which involves the nursing home and doctor in charge of the nursing home where all of these deaths are stemming from. Its medical mystery at its best and I was on the edge of my seat right to the end. This doctor is a real good guy.

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Another excellent medical thriller in this series. The story covers all aspects of the disease and the suffering. The medical terms might be too much for those without the background. But with the fast pace it could be overlooked. This time the sleuthing is done by a colleague and Brady only plays second fiddle. Still a joy ride. Enjoy it.

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Many thanks to Net Galley, FSB associates, and the author for a chance to read and review this book. All opinions are expressed voluntarily.

John Bishop MD, the author of this medical thriller Act Of Negligence was an orthopedic surgeon for 30 years and as such reading this story made me feel like a fly on the wall in Dr. Brady’s life. I had also checked the author’s website before reading and the book literally transported me to the world of medicine with the kind of effective writing and imagining the author himself as the character Dr. Brady. On that note, I think this is surely one for TV adaptation as an excellent medical series.

Medical thrillers are always a dicey option, some may work coz they don’t overburden the reader with too much information that may sound Greek and Latin to a casual reader but also provide the necessary facts that would authenticate the unfolding drama. In this, Dr. John has worked wonders, yes of course there are terms of orthopedics that went over my head but there’s a good balance that provides the easy acceptance of the info.

The mystery that surrounds the experiments on dementia patients was fantastic and the doctor has clearly used his experiences of a hospital culture in rendering the story. The villains are known beforehand but the painstaking effort by Dr. Brady and Dr. Jeff to get to the truth of the matter keeps the reader entertained till the action-packed end. The frustration of convincing insurance personnel of the necessity of admitting patients comes thru brilliantly. It was easy to empathize with the medical professionals when they are forced to offer treatment on the basis of being insured or not. The sexy relationship between Dr. Brady and his wife was exciting, conveying a feeling of warmth and coziness which also adds to the kind and loyal character of the protagonist.


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