Book Reviews of Acceptable Risk

Acceptable Risk
Acceptable Risk
Author: Robin Cook
ISBN-13: 9780399139710
ISBN-10: 0399139710
Publication Date: 1/11/1995
Pages: 406
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 78 ratings
Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 9
Prozac-like drugs are being prescribed not only for their original purposes but increasingly to alter individual personalities to currently valued norms. With dead-on accuracy and the prescience of tomorrow's headlines, Robin Cook explores the perilous intersection where fame and unfathomable lucre waylay and seduce the very best and brightest of those sworn to do no harm. When neuroscientist Edward Armstrong begins dating Kimberly Stewart, a descendant of a woman who was hanged as a witch at the time of the Salem witch trials, he takes advantage of the opportunity to delve into a pet theory: that the "devil" in Salem in 1692 had been a hallucinogenic drug inadvertently consumed with mold-tainted grain. In an attempt to prove his theory, Edward grows the mold he believes responsible from samples taken from the Stewart estate. In a brilliant designer-drug transformation, the poison becomes Ultra, the next generation of antidepressants with truly startling therapeutic capabilities. Acceptable Risk is a story of quest: a researcher's quest for the ultimate drug and a woman's quest for self-understanding. Unbeknownst to either person, the two seemingly separate quests collide with devastating consequences.
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Helpful Score: 6
Great book!! I really enjoy Robin Cook's writing. If you like medical thrillers this is it. I was amazed by what people (or at least fictional characters) will do in the name of science!
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Helpful Score: 4
A bit disturbing in parts, to be perfectly honest. Could be a cautionary tale against letting ambition blind a person to the very real potential risks. It was fast paced and exciting and I really didn't want to put it down
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Helpful Score: 3
Another book by Cook providing "food for thought". The plot is not as fast-paced or as easy to believe as some of Cook's other works it was still a lot fun to read. I believe the book became unbelievable mixing the historical side and medical side but the book was still worth reading.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is perhaps my favorite book by Robin Cook. Neuroscientist Edward Armstrong discovers a chemical that may have been responsible for the hysteria of the Salem Witch Trials. Genetically engineered, this drug becomes a seemingly miraculous anti-depressant. Reluctant to waste time with FDA trials, a group of scientists test it on themselves. And that's when the troubles begin. This is a really good book and raises many questions about drug safety and what defines 'normal' behavior.
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Helpful Score: 2
Hey - it's Robin Cook! Makes you visualize what's happening, hard to put down. Creative, though feasible and that's what scares you!
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This book by Robin Cook is absolutely wonderful! It gives you a different look into a theory behind the Salem Witch Trials... and it is very entertaining!
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Helpful Score: 1
A story about a doctor who uses himself as the subject of medical experiments in order to find a drug which will make billions. Of course, things do not go the way he expects.
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Excellent read. Very interesting. Great job relating to the Salem Witch Trials!
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Robin Cook has always been on the cutting edge of the latest medical controversies. In Acceptable Risk, he confronts one of the most provocative issues of our time, personlity altering drugs and the complex moral questions they raise.....
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Another book by Cook providing "food for thought". The plot is not as fast-paced or as easy to believe as some of Cook's other works it was still a lot fun to read. I believe the book became unbelievable mixing the historical side and medical side but the book was still worth reading.
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Prozac-like drugs are being prescribed to alter individual personalities to currently valued norms. (Sounds like life!)
Robin Cook explores the perilous intersection where fame and unfathomable riches waylay and seduce the very best and brightest of those sworn to do no harm. Neuroscientist Edward Armstrong begins dating Kimberly Stuart, a descendant of one of the witches hanged in the Salem witch trials. He takes advantage of this opportunity to prove a pet theory, that the "devil" in Salem in 1692, had been a hallucinogenic drug caused by molded grain. Using Kimberly as a test subject, using a designer drug called Ultra, he wants to be at the top of the next generation of antidepressants with truly startling therapeutic capabilities. This story is quite disturbing because is has an authentic ring of truth by an author that has the technical and professional knowledge to back it up.
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When neuroscientist Edward Armstrong begins dating Kimberly Stewart, a descendant of a woman who was hanged as a witch at the time of the Salem witch trials, he takes advantage of the opportunity to delve into a pet theory: that the "devil" in Salem in 1692 had been a hallucinogenic drug inadvertently consumed with mold-tainted grain. In an attempt to prove his theory, Edward grows the mold he believes responsible from samples taken from the Stewart estate. In a brilliant designer-drug transformation, the poison becomes Ultra, the next generation of antidepressants with truly startling therapeutic capabilities. Acceptable Risk is a story of quest: a researcher's quest for the ultimate drug and a woman's quest for self-understanding. Unbeknownst to either person, the two seemingly separate quests collide with devastating consequences.
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Exciting read, keeps you on the edge.
Synopsis
Neuroscientist Edward Armstrong has isolated a psychotropic drug with a dark and controversial history, one that may account for the public hysteria during the Salem witch trials. In its new designer-drug form, it is being used as an antidepressant with remarkable therapeutic capabilities. But who can be sure that the drug is safe for consumer use, and who determines the boundaries of 'normal' human behavior? And if the drug's side effects are demonstrated to be dangerous--even terrifying--how far will the pharmaceutical and medical establishment go to alter their standards of 'acceptable risk'?
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A research scientist discovers a mood-altering, enhancing drug and involves himself and other researchers in a deadly experiment. Blended with this story of greed and laboratories gone awry is a woman's relationship troubles and her increasingly troubled conviction that something has gone wrong. Acceptable Risk is a story of a researcher's quest for the ultimate drug, and a woman[s quest for self understanding. Unbeknownst to either person, the two seemingly seperate quests collide with devastating consequences.
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A great Cook read. Lots of adventure and a little romance.
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Great suspense. Real surprises.
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Tipical Robin Cook. If you're a fan you'll enjoy this one.
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This book follows the typical Robin Cook formula. I do like how this ties modern day medical issues with the Salem witch trials.
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Robin Cook has always been on the cutting edge of the latest medical controversies. In this book he confronts one of the most provacative issues of our times; personality-altering drugs and the complex moral questions they raise. Neuroscientist Edward Armstrong has managed to isolate a psychotropic drug with a strange and dark history--one that may account for the public hysteria during the Salem witch trial. In a brilliant designer-drug transformation, it is developed into as antidepressant with truly startling therapeutic capabilities. But who can be sure the drug is safe for consumers? Who defines the boundaries of "normal" human behavior? And if the drug's side effects are proven to be dangerous--even terrifying--how far will the medical community goto alter their standards of Acceptable Risk.
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Gothic classic plot via a medical research suspense. RC worked
hard on the historical aspect.
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A scientist isolates a psychotropic drug that may have accounted for the Salen witch hysteria. It develops into a wonderful antidepressant. But it may have some side effects. Very, very good medical thriller.
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Personality altering drugs..are they safe? Find the answer in Robin Cooks novel "ACCEPTABLE RISK"
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Another superb book
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a race to capture the patent on a new antidepressant drug, how far will the medical community go to alter their acceptable risk?
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The Salem stuff was interesting, but some of the characters weren't believable.
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This audio book was really good. I couldn't go to bed until I finished it! I have read other Robin Cook books before this one so I was suprised this one wasn't quite as freakishly scary! It was good though. I always love it when a book is looking into someone's past and trying to understand what happened... in this case, it involved witch hunts and hangings and what could have been the real cause of all the histeria.
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...from Salem witchcraft to high tech medicine--you just gotta love it.
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Were many of the hysteria attacks of the Salem withcraft era brought on by ergotamine fungus on the rye flour used in some breads? And if so, could modern medical research develop useful psychotropic drugs from the same source? Cook uses this idea and sets it all against the background of a contemporary descendant of one of the executed women, who is searching for the mysterious hidden "evidence" used against her ancestress. Great ideas all, but just not well handled.
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This is one of my favorite authors...this book will not disappoint you.
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Interesting theory. The author uses words to paint intense pictures. It really makes U rething ideas on that period or on any period & how much was come froma histrocentric* place when judging or interpreting any historical event. Histrocentric = word I coined & want used & accepted. means viewing history or historic events from the point of view of present day. Pls Let me know if you are going to adopt this word caringpro@yahoo.com
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Personality-altering drugs and the complex moral questions they raise are the topic of this novel. Who can be sure the drug is safe for consumers? Who defines the boundaries of "normal" human beharior? This drug has truly startling therapeutic capabilities, so how far will the medical community to alter their standards of....ACCEPTABLE RISK?
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Predictable Cook novel.
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PAGETURNER!!
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Story begins with Salem "witch" then moves on to modern times and a new chemical isolated from her old Salem home. Chemical developed into new psych drug... Strong characters and science background.
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Enjoyed as with all Cook books.
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This was pretty good, but I didn't think it was up to his usual standards.

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exciting- cutting edge, great Robin Cook book
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Very interesting. I couldn't put it down.
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Acceptable Risk is a story of a quest: a researcher's quest for the untilmate drug and woman's quest for self-understanding. Unbeknownst to either person, the two seemingly separate quests collide with devastating consequences.
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Just love Robin Cook's books. Once you start reading you can't put it down.
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Neuroscientist Edward Armstrong has managed to isolate a psychotropic drug with a strange and dark history-one that may account for the public hysteria during the Salem witch trials. But who can be sure it is safe for human consumers? How far will the medical community go to alter their standards of acceptable rish?
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Robin Cook confronts one of the most provocative issues of our time --- Personality-altering drugs and the complex moral questions they raise.
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Good read; thoroughly enjoyed it. Kind of cool theory.
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Neuroscientist Edward Armstrong has managed to isolate a psychotropic drug whith a strange and dark history-one that may account for the public hysteria during the Salem witch trials. In a brilliant designer-drug transformation, it is developed into an antidepressant with truly startling therapeutic capabiliteies.
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Neuroscientist Edward Armstrong has managed to isolate a psychotropic drug with a starnge and dark history...one that might account for the public hysteria that occurred the Salem Witch Trials...in a brilliant designer-drug transformation, Armstrong develops it into an antidepressant with startlingly efective therapeutic capabilities...but who can be sure if the drug is safe for consumers? And if the side effects prove dangerous, even terrifying..how far will the medical community go to stop it?