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February 26, 2015

STATE OF MIND by Lawrence W. GOLD, M.D.

Brier Hospital
Book 8
Lawrence W. Gold, M.D.

State of Mind (Brier Hospital #8)
Dr. Kimberly Powell, a Ph.D. in neuropsychology, works in a research lab trying to understand the roots of violence by stimulating the brains of aggressive rats to reduce their savagery.
Her successes lead to phase I safety trials in volunteers and prisoners, and then to phase II and III studies in patients.
Soon it becomes clear that Kim’s brain stimulating techniques, besides controlling aggression, offer the potential to cure a number of medical problems including Parkinson’s disease, depression, PTSD, and many others.
When the court instructs her to treat a psychopathic killer, she’s appalled. What would such a killer, if cured, still owe to his victims and to society?
The ethical implications of the research and especially its application on humans are substantial, but so, too, is her altruistic desire to help.
Where is the balance and how far and how fast should these trials proceed—and, at what cost?

A new type of research about influencing the mind is being looked into.  Kim Powell and David, Phil and Bernie are working on a way to help those with Parkinson's Disease, PTSD, and problems with aggression..My opinion of Kim was that she couldn't make a solid decision. Kim's childhood was the force behind this story. But what about a psychopath's brain??  I found that the character, Abbie has gained confidence since the book NEVER TOO LATE.  As I read the book, I didn't feel that justice was being served for Maria and her family.  A girl that is murdered brutally and all anyone cared about was what was going to happen to Jose?  Somebody didn't have their priorities straight.  I, for some reason just couldn't get into this book like I did with Dr. Gold's other books I have read.  A descent book, I just couldn't get into it.

I was given a complimentary copy of STATE OF MIND from the author, Lawrence W. Gold, M.D. for my view of this book.

I would give this book 3 STARS.

Lawrence W. Gold, MD is a retired physician. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War where he served in an evacuation hospital, ran an emergency room and was a Battalion Surgeon. He completed his training in internal medicine and diseases of the kidney in 1968.

He retired in 1995 after 23 years in a hospital-based practice caring for patients with complicated illnesses and served as Chief of Medicine. After retirement he and his wife, Doris, spent time sailing at sea. He has written three screenplays based on his novels. His screenplay for Rage won honorable mention at the 80th annual Writer's Digest contest. He lives in Grass Valley, CA with his wife.


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