Life support [067 4.9]By Tess Gerritsen.Synopsis:When an elderly patient with a critical, viral infection of the brainmysteriously vanishes from the emergency room, ER resident Toby Harperfinds her job and home life coming under intense scrutiny, while hersearch for the missing patient uncovers a frightening epidemic and anightmarish conspiracy.TESS GERRITSEN left a successful practice as an internist to raise herchildren and concentrate on her writing. She gained nationwide acclaimfor her first novel of medical suspense, Harvest, which became a NewYork Times bestseller, and is available in paperback from Pocket Books.She lives in Maine.POCKET BOOKS New York London Toronto Sydney Tokyo SingaporeTo Jacob, Adam, and Jos* the guys in my life
This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidentsare products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Anyresemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, isentirely coincidental.Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Schuster Inc. 1230 Avenue of theAmericas, New York, NY 10020Copyright C) 1997 by Tess Gerritsen All rights reserved, including theright to reproduce this book or portions thereof in any form whatsoever.For information address Pocket Books, 1230Avenue of the Americas,NewYork, NY 10020ISBN 0471-55303-8Printed in the U.S.A.With many thanks to, Emily Bestler, who can make any book shine. RossDavis, M.D neurosurgeon and Renaissance man JackYoung, who cheerfullyanswers my oddest questions. Patty Kahn, for all her researchassistance.Jane Berkey and Don Cleary, my navigators in the publishing world Andmost of all, to Meg Ruley, who always points me in the right direction.And then walks me there.@ a scalpel is a beautiful thing.Dr. Stanley Mackie had never noticed this before, but as he stood withhead bowed beneath the OR lamps, he suddenly found himself marveling athow the light reflected with diamondlike brilliance off the blade. Itwas a work of art, that razor sharp piece of stainless steel. Sobeautiful, in fact, that he scarcely dared to pick it up for fear hewould somehow tarnish its magic. In its surface he saw a rainbow ofcolors, light fractured to its purest elements."Dr. Mackie? Is something wrong?"