LIVES CAN BE SHATTERED IN AN INSTANCE!
STRANGER IN A STRANGE WORLD
A Brier Hospital Novel
Lawrence W. Gold, M.D.
An automobile accident shatters the near perfect lives of David and Luke Hyatt, identical twins. David survives intact, but Luke nearly dies from his injuries. The residue of Luke's head injury is an acquired form of Asperger's. The twins had graduated from medical school and were about to enter an internship at Brier Hospital in Berkeley. Although Luke is gifted with savant-like intelligence, will he continue his career in medicine? Will health professionals, administrators, and patients themselves accept Luke as a physician or succumb to the petty fear of someone different or is it time for the world to consider the value of an individual beyond his or her label?
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We are so quick to judge a person by their outside appearance, what we've heard about them instead of their abilities, their attitude and their drive. What would it be like to have an identical twin suffer lifelong injuries from an auto accident when you survive OK? David and Luke Hyatt, getting ready to begin practicing medicine were in an automobile accident. David survives but Luke, not so lucky. He has a head injury and acquires Asperger's. Luke is extremely intelligent, but will this injury cause doubt with his peers, the health world and most importantly, his patients . Will being different be accepted with his intelligence and talent or will he be shunned and feared? We place labels on people, everyone does it and everyone is under a label or more than one. What makes a person unable to be a functional, good person, a person that can be a good doctor, because he or she is different? We are all different in one way or another. Does that put our intelligence or our talents on the back burner? IF we were all the same, where would the world be? We'd be stuck in a time warp, where we wouldn't advance in anything, because we'd all think the same, look the same and be looked at the same.
So will Luke be looked at for what he can do and achieve? For the help he can give as a doctor to his patients? Or will his dream of being a doctor be lost because of a LABEL? Luke is struggling with getting adjusted to his "new" world. Can he survive in a world that has been created for people who are different, because we see them as different? Maybe we should all step back and think how we would feel, how we would react and how hard it is to be LABELED?The author gives us a book that not only is interesting but thought provoking. It makes you think between the lines and as you're turning the pages. Next time you look at someone with a handicap and a disease of some sort, stop and think, it could be YOU! Many of these people are highly intelligent, good caring people with a lot to offer society. We need to look further than the surface. The author, through a good fictional book, gives the reader to reflect on the way we look at others. Another wonderful interesting, well written, suspenseful, thought provoking and well, just another darn good book from this author. He never fails to go just a step higher with each book he writes.
I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily decided to review it.
I would give this book 5 STARS.
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