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Author: Carol Wiley Cassella
In this riveting new novel by a real-life anesthesiologist, an intimate story of relationships and family collides with a high stakes medical drama. — Dr. Marie Heaton is an anesthesiologist at the height of her profession. She has worked, lived, and breathed her career since medical school, and she now practices at a top Seattle hospital. Marie ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781416556107
ISBN-10: 1416556109
Publication Date: 7/1/2008
Pages: 291
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 28 ratings
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 4
The medical intrique part was well done and not too predictable. I had a whole other theory of what happened and "who done it". However, the book was way too long. The main medical mystery did not have enough separate events - just one OR event and the rest was her emotional state and all the legal ramifications.
All of the sub-plots involving her dad and her sister added nothing and could have been left out. There were no new medical incidents to build the tension. Certainly not a page turner.
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Helpful Score: 2
Initally, I liked this book, but it seemed to stall once I got past the beginning. The ending wrapped things up a little too neatly for it to be believeable as well.
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I took a chance with this book. I liked it, it dragged on in parts, but it was a great story all around. I my not be familiar with most of the medical terms, and procedures that were described in the story but it doesn't leave you going what the heck is she talking about?! Not a quick read.
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I just finished reading Oxygen and it it certainly worth reading, espcially if you are a member of a pediatric medical care team. Very well written and heart reaching. A good and educational read.
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Very good medical drama about Marie Heaton, an anesthesiologist working in an operating room in a Seattle hospital. When the death of a child in her operating room occurs, she is forced to re-examine everything that she did and all that is important to her. There is a great twist at the end that I doubt anyone would see coming. The characters are all too human and the plot moves along quickly without bogging down.
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"Oxygen" is narrated by Dr. Marie Heaton, a Seattle-based anesthesiologist whose young patient dies on the operating table. Dr. Heaton struggles to forgive herself for the child's death while she navigates the world of malpractice suits, hospital bureaucracy and untrustworthy colleagues. Interwoven into the novel are Dr. Heaton's relationships with her on/off lover, sister and her aging father.

The highlights of the novel: Knowing that the novel was written by a practicing anesthesiologist added to its appeal; it's not exactly a medical novel, but Cassella did a beautiful job describing medical details and relationships between doctors and patients. She showed that there is a whole other side to malpractice suits, and that doctors can suffer just as much as the family whose loved one died or was injured. In Dr. Heaton's case, it was almost as if she was guilty until proven innocent, and not the other way around. The hook or climax towards the end of the book pulled me back in just as I was getting slightly disinterested with the story. Overall, I think Cassella has a very readable writing style and I look forward to her future novels.

Now for the pitfalls: The novel was too predictable; Cassella's use of foreshadowing was all too obvious and even the final twist was not that surprising. I think much of the fault lies with the book summary on the back cover - it's too detailed, leaving nothing to the imagination. Also, the end of the novel is too tidy, too rushed. Cassella could have delved further into Dr. Heaton's relationship with her family members; her feelings post the malpractice suit, etc. Instead, she forced a perfect ending that just did not feel real.