The Clinic Author:James Kerr The clinic is a savagely shocking novel that rips awway the shourd of secrecy about medical malpractice-its victims and its conscienceless perpetrators. — On of California's most reputable, selective, and expensive private clinics is the scent of this utterly engrossing and revealing novel about the medical profession. Written by a practicing phy... more »sican under a pseudonym, it will be compared to The Doctors and Intern for authenticity and unflinching candor.
The Hatch Clinic is privately owned by a spectacularly successful surgeon, Matthew Hatcch, who has pressured his staff specialists into prescribing surgery for almost all their patients-a radical last report that is also, for the doctor, the most profitable. When Dr. Peter de Haan, a young and handsom GP, comes to the clinic on his first medical assignment, he is horrified by what he sees. Far from being a superb technician, Matthew Hatch is revealed as a clumsy, arrogant butcher, whose patients develop alarming post-operative complications which invariably prove fatal.
Peter de Haan is confronted by an agonizing dilemma: to reveal the butcher beneath the surgeon's mask and risk the future he has struggled for or to stifle his conscience and accept the easy affluence of being an assistant to the great Dr. Hatch. When his own fiancee-pregnant with his child-comes under Hatch's knife, Peter can no longer evade decision.
The Clinic includes detailed surgical scenes never before attempted in fiction, and its climax in a tense and dramatic malpractice trial is dominated by a charismatic attorney who will inevitably remind readers of Clarence Darrow. Pulsing with an almost unbearable suspense, The Clinic confronts the grave problem of medical malpractice in unforgettably vivid fictional terms.« less