Is it medical malpractice, or is the attorney just another ambulance chaser?
It's 1995, and Houston orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jim Bob Brady has been sued for medical malpractice; a mysterious infection caused a knee replacement to end up as an amputation. Donovan Shaw, a ruthless plaintiff's attorney, has taken the case and doesn't seem bothered by the fact that he and Brady share a number of friends. "It's not personal!" Shaw says. But it feels personal--especially when Shaw threatens, "I will do anything, and I mean anything, to win the case, even if I have to destroy you and that pretty wife of yours. I will stop at nothing. You remember that!"
And Brady isn't the only one in his practice being sued. How is Shaw getting his inside information? Can the patients afford to say no to filing lawsuits, even if the claims aren't valid? Through a series of twists and turns, and with the support of his wife Mary Louise and their professional investigator son J. J, Brady once again doggedly goes into "sleuth mode" to get to the truth of the matter--even after his life is put in jeopardy. Will he survive, only to find himself at the mercy of the wild and wooly Houston court system? Is this whole mess his fault? Or is there an act of deception involved?
The knowledge of the medical world is crucial and a Pandemic definitely brings this realization to the forefront.
I work in healthcare so I'm listed as providing an essential service but I know many employees right now that are putting in more time than me and many that would love to be working right now that are not able too.
In considering this, I was thinking about the human response to our circumstances. Regardless of whether we are working, or not, many of us are likely to feel the pressure of unpredictable threats.
I think we all owe it to ourselves to take a moment to accept that we all may feel some anxiety due to current circumstances. And we need to use our coping skills so we do not become overwhelmed by our fears.
If I were to consider some of my own coping skills, I would have to put reading, nature walks, music, gardening, painting, and laughing with co-workers at the top of the list.
Now, it is as good a time as any to add to our list of coping skills. We need to fight off dark clouds, like Pandemics, with positive affirmations.
Whatever is rightly done, however humble, is noble. (Quidvis recte factum quamvis humile praeclarum.) — Sir Henry Royce
If you enjoy reading you might wish to read this Doc Brady mystery along with me. If you haven't read in a while why not add books to your list of coping skills?
I received this book by the generosity of Anna Sacca, Senior Publicity Manager with FSB Associates
About the Author
John Bishop's 30 years as a practicing orthopedic surgeon give the reader a unique glimpse into the medical world with all its problems, intricacies and complexities, while at the same time revealing the compassion and dedication of most health care professionals.