Review by Marlene Engel
Heather Morrison has never had asthma, so it comes as a huge surprise when she gets diagnosed as having a severe asthma attack. Still shaken up and in the emergency room, no amount of discomfort can keep her from noticing the handsome doctor who is taking care of her, Dr. Davis. He’s not only nice to look at, but he saved her life and has promised to always keep her safe. So, how is it that she failed to check if he was wearing a wedding ring? She’d be sure to find out when she went back for her follow up appointment.
In the meantime, Dr. Davis can’t get Heather out of his mind. He has bedded many women and has even brought nurses and other colleagues back to his office for some fun. His preference is married women since he feels it makes things less complicated. In a profession where death is always around you, Dr. Davis has an addiction to sex, which to him symbolized life. It only made sense for him to set his sights on Heather. Physically she was exactly his type, but add into the fact that she relied and trusted him in order to maintain her care gave him an additional thrill.
A Medical Affair brings up the serious topic of doctor/patient relationships and how quickly the line can cross from professional to unethical. The author does a great job showing how a patient who is in a vulnerable situation can mistake a doctor’s kindness and concern in order to take advantage of someone in a weak state. I’m sure that instances like the one in this book happen pretty frequently. Many of us, myself included, look up to and trust people in the medical profession. We rely on them to make us well and trust them with our lives. We sometimes forget that they are people too and are capable of making poor decisions. Although this book is different than the usual genre that I read, I really enjoyed it. It was well written and kept my interest. It’s a book I would definitely recommend!
About the Author:
Anne McCarthy Strauss is versatile writer, researcher and public relations professional. She is also an avid supporter of victims' rights. Anne has spent the last decade educating women and men on the seldom revealed but all too frequent occurrence of affairs between doctors and their patients. She is the author of A MEDICAL AFFAIR, a novel that depicts the story of one woman's experience with this violation of a sacred trust.
Anne is an interior design expert who has written for both consumer and trade magazines including Old House Journal, Waterfront Home & Design, Design Trade Magazine, Design New England, Distinction, Log Home Design Ideas and Florida Design Review. She has been a regular contributor to Martha's Vineyard Magazine and Vineyard Style.
A lifelong New Yorker, Anne makes her home on Long Island with her husband Mel and their two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Cookie and Ollie. She is the mother of one son.
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