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A Case of Need
A Case of Need
Author: Michael Crichton
A Case of Need is Michael Crichton's award-winning debut novel, written shortly after he completed his medical internship. Set against the ever-building pressure and pace of a large Boston medical center, the tensions flare-and explode-when a surgical operation tragically ends in death, raising countless questions. Was it accidental malpr...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780451183668
ISBN-10: 0451183665
Publication Date: 7/1/1994
Pages: 416
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 277 ratings
Publisher: Signet Book
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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jenasmiles avatar reviewed A Case of Need on + 110 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
This was a great book. I LOVED the details he included about the medical situations. You can tell it was an earlier book but it had all the essentials including the twists we all love.
reviewed A Case of Need on + 7 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
As always, Michael Crighton keeps you wanting to read just a few more pages befor you plan to put it down. Then before you realize it, it's three in the morning and you have to be to work by seven.
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Helpful Score: 4
This is Chrichton's first novel and it's a very good one at that. The book is set pre-Roe v. Wade and deals with the ethics of abortion from the perspective of those in the medical community. A great read.
sarah5775 avatar reviewed A Case of Need on + 386 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
This book will keep you guessing until the mystery is revealed.

In the 1960's, a doctor is accused of performing an illegal abortion that led to the death of a patient, the daughter of a respected surgeon from a prominent family. His best friend, a pathologist, tries to clear his name. Who performed the abortion, and is there a conspiracy to hide the truth? This is an excellent mystery and I highly recommend it. It is very readable and you will be hooked early on.
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Helpful Score: 3
I am a nurse so I loved this book. A doctor tries to find what killed a young girl. A good medical mystery. Fascinating writer.
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reviewed A Case of Need on + 3 more book reviews
Unfortunately, I felt this book was one of Crichton's least entertaining. It also is a bit dated in many of the medical data. I feel it is a book that you read when you have exhuasted many of the oter great Crichton books.
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When a young woman dies mysteriously on the operating table and her physician is charged with murder, his colleague is drawn into a world of sex and drugs in order to clear his name. I liked this story although the ending was a little hard to follow. I give it a B+!
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Good development but a quick ending.


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