Dr. Robin Cook ( born May 4, 1940 in New York City, New York) is an American doctor/ novelist who writes about medicine, biotechnology, and topics affecting public health.
He is best known for being the author who created the medical-thriller genre by combining medical writing with the thriller genre of writing. His essay have been bestsellers on the " New York Times " Bestseller List with several at# 1. A number of his books have also been featured in Reader 's Digest. Many were also featured in the Literary Guild. Many have been made into motion pictures.
Cook is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Columbia University School of Medicine. He finished his postgraduate medical training at Harvard that included general surgery and ophthalmology. He split his time between homes in Florida, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts where he lives with his wife Jean. He is currently on leave from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He has successfully combined medical fact with fiction to creat a succession of bestselling books. Cook 's medical thrillers are designed, in part, to keep public aware of both the technological possibilities of modern medicine and the ensuing ethical conundrums.
Cook got a taste of the larger world when the Cousteau Society recruited him to run its blood- gas lab in the South of France while he was in medical school. Intrigued by diving, he later called on a connection he made through Jacques Cousteau to become an aquanaut with the US Navy Sealab when he was drafted in the 60 's. During his navy career he served on a nuclear submarine for a seventy-five day stay underwater where he wrote his secon ook! [ 1 ]
Cook was a private member of the Woodrow Wilson Center 's Board of Trustees, appointed to a six-year term by the President George W. Bush. [ 2 ]
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Dr. Cook 's profession as a doctor has provided him with ideas and background for many of his ovels. In each of his ovels, he intends to write about the issues at the forefront of current medical practice.
To date, he has explored issues such as organ donation, genetic engineering, fertility treatment, medical research funding, managed care, medical malpractice, drug research, drug pricing, specialty hospitals, stem cells, and organ transplantation. [ 3 ]
Dr. Cook has been emarked to have an uncanny ability to anticipate national controversy. In an interview with Dr.Cook, Stephen McDonald talked to him about his novel Shock; Cook admits the timing of Shock was fortuitous. " I suppose that you ould hear that it 's he most like Coma in that it eals with an issue that everybody seems to be worried about, " he ays, " I wrote a book to address the stem cell issue, which the public really does n't think much about. Besides entertaining readers, my main goal is to get people interested in ome of thos issues, because it 's the public that ultimately really should decide which way we ought to go in something as that has enormous potential for treating disease and disability but touches up against the ethically problematic abortion issue. " [ 4 ]
Puttin his lab coat handy helps him turn our fear of doctors into bestsellers. " I joke that if my books stop selling, I wil always fall back on brain surgery, " he ays. " But I am actually very interested in being a doctor. If I wa to do it over again, I ould still study medicine. I kno of myself more as th doctor who writes, rather than a writer who happens to hav a doctor. " After 35 books, he has come up with a diagnosis to explain why his medical thrillers remain so popular. " The main reason is, we all ealize we are at risk. We 're ll lookin to be patients sometime, " he ays. " You can rea about great white sharks or haunted houses, and you coul tel I 'm ot going into the ocean or I 'm alway going in haunted houses, but you ca n't believ you 're n