Friday, October 10, 2014

The Renaissance Of Aspirin-Glenn Parris

The Renaissance Of Aspirin
Glenn Parris
XLIBRIS, May 16 2013, $18.99
ISBN: 9781483633022

At the Nordstrom Clinic’s Crawford Research Center in Cambridge, medical researcher Dr. Anita Thomas leads a Phase II test of a drug to help Fibromyalgia sufferers.  The volunteer patients are divided into groups based on odd and even identifiers with some getting the drug and others the placebo.  All those with this painful illness pray they receive the real thing and that it helps.  Test subjects 328 and 329 become friends though seemingly total opposites even as both are sexagenarians; Helen is a Georgia Peach from Marietta while Annie is an African-American from Roxbury.  They break protocol by sharing the shots and more.  However, as Annie drives to her nearby home, she suffers a seizure and dies. 

Dr. Thomas is fired just before she was to announce a major success and someone targeting Annie murders instead an MIT student interested in her work.  Homeland Security changes her identity and places her under Dr. Jack Wheaton at Hamilton Medical Center, but death follows.

The Renaissance of Aspirin is an exhilarating medical thriller that provides the audience with a lot of info on FMS, research and Big Pharma inside an action-packed plot.  Although the overarching premise is not new, readers will enjoy the drug war due to a strong cast with a deep bench; as the conflict focuses between helping the patient improve their health and helping the health industry improve their bottom line.

Harriet Klausner

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