Robert Brian " Robin " Cook born May 4,  is an American physician and novelist who writes about medicine and topics affecting public health. He is best known for combining medical writing with the thriller genre.
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Several of his books have also been featured in Reader's Digest. His books have sold nearly million copies worldwide. Cook grew up in Queens , New York City, and moved to Leonia, New Jersey , when he was eight, where he could first have the "luxury" of having his own room. Cook ran the Cousteau Society 's blood-gas lab in the south of France.
He later became an aquanaut a submarine doc with the U.
The Year of the Intern was a failure, but Cook began to study bestsellers. I came up with a list of techniques that I wrote down on index cards. And I used every one of them in Coma.
Cook's novels combine medical fact with fantasy. His medical thrillers are designed, in part, to keep the public aware of both the technological possibilities of modern medicine and the ensuing socio-ethical problems which come along with it.
I believe my books are actually teaching people. The author admits he never thought that he would have such compelling material to work with when he began writing fiction in But today, with the pace of change in biomedical research, there are any number of different issues, and new ones to come," he says.
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Cook's novels have anticipated national controversy. In an interview with Stephen McDonald about the novel Shock , Cook admitted the book's timing was fortuitous:. I suppose that you could say that it's the most like Coma in fact that it deals with an issue that everybody seems to be concerned about. I wrote this book to address the stem cell issue, which the public really doesn't know anything about.
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Besides entertaining readers, my main goal is to get people interested in some of these issues, because it's the public that ultimately should be able to decide which way we ought to go in something as ethically questioning as stem cell research. To date, Cook has explored issues such as organ donation , fertility treatment , genetic engineering , in vitro fertilization , research funding , managed care , medical malpractice , medical tourism , drug research, and organ transplantation.
I joke that if my books stop selling, I can always fall back on brain surgery," he says. If I had to do it over again, I would still study medicine.
I think of myself more as a doctor who writes, rather than a writer who happens to be a doctor. We're all going to be patients sometime," he says. Many of his novels revolve around hospitals both fictional and non-fictional in Boston, which may have to do with the fact that he underwent his post-graduate training at Harvard and has a residence in Boston, or in New York.
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He is currently on leave from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. The Board of Trustees, led by chairman Joseph B. Gildenhorn, are appointed to six-year terms by the President of the United States.
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