Review: Allen Wyler's debut novel, Deadly Errors, is an electrifying medical mystery that essentially poses the question, How much of one's life can be entrusted to technology?
In the renowned Maynard Medical Center in Seattle, a state of the art new computer system has been installed on a trial basis. Med-InDX, a "new millennium technology", is supposed to revolutionize medical records by virtually eliminating human errors that kill an estimated one thousand lives each year. When a patient of dedicated neurosurgeon Dr. Tyler Matthews dies while in operating room, he looks for a reason. His prescribed dosage is correct, but the system has administered a lethal dosage instead. He suspects an error in the system. or worse, a hacker that has possibly invaded the system. With a tattered reputation following him from a previous hospital, he is subsequently accused of malpractice and for blaming the computer for his incompetence. He decides to probe the accuracy of the program and discovers others have died not only during surgeries, but also in the ER, or while recovering from an illness. When he brings these cases to the attention of his superiors, his suspicions are ignored. Moreover, he is told to stop his investigation. When he does not stop it leads to more people dying. In addition, some of this associates who agreed to help him have mysteriously disappeared or are found dead of unknown causes. His continued tenacity takes him from the pristine offices of the Maynard Medical Center to the bowels of Seattle's underground city where he risks not only his reputation but his life to prove there is a big error in the system – and it is more likely to be caused by human intervention than by the technology.
Deadly Errors is a spellbinding thriller with characters that come to life. Dr. Matthews shows fear and other human frailties yet brings heroic tenacity in his effort to save lives. The plot is frighteningly realistic yet cleverly plotted. This book is definitely not recommended reading for anyone about to enter the hospital for surgery or any other procedure, but for everyone else, it is pulse-pounding entertainment.
Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of Deadly Errors.
Acknowledgment: Susan Schwartzman Public Relations provided a mass market paperback edition of Deadly Errors for this review.
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Location(s) referenced in Deadly Errors: Seattle, Washington
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Deadly Errors by Allen Wyler
Publication Date: August 2005
List Price: $24.95