One hour down. Three hours to go.
The afternoon was turning out just as Lou had hoped it would. Enough traffic through the ER to keep things from being boring for Emily, but nothing that would leave her with a lifetime of nightmares and therapy bills. Not that the teen wouldn’t be able to handle just about anything that came down the pike. But in an inner city emergency room—even a small satellite facility like the Eisenhower Memorial Hospital Annex, the pike, on occasion, might be carrying violence of the highest order.
“Okay, Em, Mr. Schultz is being a perfect patient. Ten stitches and not a peep out of him. Two more and we’ll get him bandaged, up, and home.”
“Thank you Doc,” the man beneath the saucer-shaped light said in a raspy voice that could have cut stone. “I didn’t feel a thing. Your dad does great work, miss.”
“Thank you. I know,” Emily replied. “He loves sewing my jeans when they tear, and he was always stitching up my stuffed animals, even when they weren’t ripped.”
“My son’s school has take your kid to work day, just like yours,” Schultz said, “but I’m a roofer. Three stories up with the wind blowing doesn’t seem like a great place for a nine-year-old, so Marky went to the nursing home with my wife and helped her put the trays together. What does your mom do, miss?”
“My name’s Emily, Mr. Schultz,” she reminded him. “Emily Welcome. My mom’s a psychologist. Mostly couples therapy. She didn’t think her patients would enjoy having her thirteen-year-old kid sitting in on their session.”
“I can see why she might feel that way.”
“But for a second choice,” Lou said, tying off the final stitch, “I believe mom might have chosen to send Emily up on the roof with you, rather than into this place.”
In fact, the first argument he and Renee had gotten into in months was around her belief that there had to be a rule against bringing a doctor’s family member into an emergency room—even one with only three nurses, an orderly, an armed security guard, a receptionist, one E.R. resident, and one board-certified emergency specialist. The Annex essentially served as a walk-in center to reduce the volume of the massive mother ship, just six blocks away.
“Let me send her into the office with Steve,” Renee had pleaded.
“Steve’s not her father. I am. Besides, how interesting could it be to for her to hang out surrounded by a bunch of starched shirts and musty law tomes? I can hear her now reporting to her class: ‘I spent my day with my mother’s new husband, Steve, watching him making piles of money off a bunch of unfortunates who are suing a bunch of other unfortunates. Or you might as well send her to my brother’s office. Graham does even better at making money than Steve. Plus it might actually give him something to talk to me about beside my lack of a 401K.’”
From OATH OF OFFICE by Michael Palmer, copyright © 2011 by the author, and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Press, LLC.
From the New York Times bestselling author of A Heartbeat Away and The Last Surgeon comes a shocking new novel set at the uneasy juncture of politics and medicine.
“First, do no harm.” The universal physician’s Oath of Office, framed and signed by Dr. John Meacham, hangs on his office wall, taunting him with guilt for screaming at a patient. It was not the first time, but it would be the last. Unreasonably panicked, the well-respected doctor goes on a murderous rampage, killing his business partner, staff and two patients. Amid the bloodbath, he turns the gun on himself.
The blame falls on Dr. Lou Welcome. Welcome worked with Meacham for years, counseling him for substance abuse after John's medical license had been revoked. Lou knew that John was an excellent doctor who deserved to be practicing medicine, and he fought hard for John's license to be restored. After hearing the news of the violent outburst, Lou is in shock like everyone else, but mostly he's incredulous. And when he begins to look into matters further, the terrifying evidence he finds takes him down a path to an unspeakable conspiracy that seems to lead directly to the White House and to those in the highest positions of power.
Hardcover Book : 384 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press, LLC ( February 14, 2012 )
Item #: 13-532313
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.86inches
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This is just "tto way out there" for me. Liked some of his earlier books but this one is hard too believe...the termites, the cook, the kid finding them...duh
I usually really like Mr. Palmer's books, but this one was just bizarre.
This is my first book by Micheal Palmer. I enjoyed this book very much. I look forward to his next book.
Clever and very well written, this book is a page turner that holds up to the very end. The characters are interesting and believable, and the story hums along. Don't miss it.
Reviewer: David E
I really enjoyed this book. I read it at a time when I didn't have a lot of time to read , so it took about 2 weeks to finish it. Well worth the time . It had believable characters and many plot twists. A refreshing idea that docters are not perfect people.