The Fifth Vial
by Michael Palmer
Mass Market Paperback- $9.74

In Boston, a disgraced medical student is sent to deliver a research paper that could save her career… In a hospital four thousand miles ...

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  "the 5th vial" by msharry (see profile) 07/25/11

This book reminded me of IMMORTAL LIFE OF HARRIET LACKS in that it deals with medical ethics and the question of to whom do our extra tissue or blood samples belong? It is a suspenseful medical and murder mystery involving organs being harvested from unwilling donors. A medical student who was robbed of a lung, a researcher of a fantastic new serum who receives an organ, and a detective who is out to right the wrong of organ theft all end up together in Brazil in an action adventure like Clive Cussler or Tom Clancy might write

 
  "Exciting novel about the dangers of playing God" by RockinRenee (see profile) 03/26/14

We've all heard the urban legends about the black market organ trade, but this book goes beyond this into an actual horror situation where doctors decide to play God. This book is a page turner from the start. The heroes are likable and the connections to Plato's Republic is very interesting. Once I got towards the end I couldn't put it down. The ending is a little controversial though.

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