THE GOLDEN SCALPEL by Seymour Kern

THE GOLDEN SCALPEL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A first novel about a doctor does some radical surgery on the medical profession in general- and save for the dedication and one subsidiary character-the patient dies on the table...Up the hard way from Brooklyn to the soft life of Beverly Hills, Joe Milgram has learned the game-i.e. the right referrals, split fees, unnecessary surgery. What it has cost him- a once warm and now calculating wife- and the friendship of his oldest friend, Krueger- does not seem exorbitant, and his nurse is willing-after office hours. With Krueger's ouster from their mutual hospital as a ""red""- he has been working toward group health, Milgram's support is asked- but not given. The hospital loses its only competent surgeon and Milgram is the victim; dying he knows that Krueger could have saved him.... An exploratory-expose, this is a longer way from literature than the truth-at any rate some half-truths; and while it's for a rental (and/or reprint) audience, it's not the little pink pill which Slaughter's public has proved habit-forming.

Pub Date: Jan. 4th, 1959
Publisher: John Day