Malpractice Author:Eleazar Lipsky The scene is Lewiston, an upstate New York city. There, a 42-year-old woman, Manya Shroeder, after a history of hysterical behavior, has undergone-successfully, it appears - surgery for brain tumor. Yet, in time, her condition deteriorates. All the hysterical symptoms return, reinforced by cancerphobia. She is no good to her husband, her 7-y... more »ear-old daughter, or herself. Does she have a suit for malpractice?
Thinking she does, a local attorney enlists the aid of Will Mahler, an ex-Assistant District Attorney of New York City. Like the author's own research, Mahler's investigation is exceptionally thorough in both the medical and legal aspects. Arrayed against him are powerful forces-including certain doctors and the combined legal talent of the city of Lewiston.
Yet Mahler perseveres. The issue is joined and is played out in a brilliant trial sequence as revealing of character under stress as it is suspenseful and, yes, appropriately surprising. An abstract question has been absorbed into the human condition, which in its complexity is continually demonstrating that there are many kinds of truth.« less