What difference did it make that Karen had actually been the aggressor the moment she had attacked him before the surgical Tissue Conference? The thing was that she had been attracted to him. . . ."" There's nothing like a Slaughter novel -- as recurrent as the polyp -- to keep you simultaneously in touch with life and death and to help you cosy up to hyaline membrane disease or a fiberoptic catheter. And much more at a Florida university hospital where Ken Dalton has done heart transplants and faces another kind of rejection -- domestic; where Helga, a nurse, falls in love for the first time; and particularly where Carolyn, another nurse, knows that her father who has Huntington's disease wants to die and should be allowed to, even if the Moriturus or God Committee doesn't see it quite that way. . . . Lots of staff -- lots of pacemaking procedures -- lots of readers to be led like lambs. . . .