Malpractice A Novel Author:Eleazar Lipsky In this completely engrossing novel, Mr. Lipsky transforms the ethical question of malpractice into a searing drama in which strong-minded, full-blooded people contend. — The scene is Lewiston, an upstate New York city. There, a 42-year-old woman, Manya Shroeder, after a history of hysterial behavior, has undergone--successfully, it appears--sur... more »gery for brain tumor. Yet, in time, her condition deteriorates. All the hysterical sysmptoms return, reinforced by cancerphobia. She is no good to her husband, her 7-year-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. 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 played out in a brilliant trial sequence as revealing of character under stress as it is suspenseful and surprising. A great medical novel and a great courtroom novel.« less
For those whose tastes are for courtroom scenes and the intricacies of the law, this has the bonus of suspense. For those who appreciate the reaction of human beings to one another and to fate, it is quite absorbing. Written with a fine sense of story telling.