First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
What will medicine be like a decade from now? Already laparoscopic surgery is making under the knife scars look quaint and old fashioned. A doctor in New York can remove a gall bladder in a patient in London via computer. Experts agree that we are entering the Golden Age of Medicine, and our everyday experience of being ill and getting better may seem more like science fiction than an average trip to the doctor. Bill Hanson, chief of the trauma unit at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and an inventor of medical technology, offers true-life and intensely intimate stories about the way biotechnology is changing people's lives. * An electronic nose that detects infection, such as pneumonia, based on a person's breath * Robots with appendages that can feel their way around tissue, which will replace surgeons in operating room * Computer health wizards that will prescribe you medicine through your home computer * Computerized psychotherapists dispensing advice about emotional problems * Telehealth software that serves as a monitoring nurse for difficult to manage chronic illnesses such as diabetes.
* Wheelchairs operated by reading electrical brainwaves for patients with severe neurological deterioration. William Hanson describes the human genius that arrived at these amazing discoveries, and how innovators are working to take these feats to an even more technologically advanced level. And more importantly, he discusses what the human experience will be and how we can prepare ourselves for the moral and ethical challenges that these awesome changes will bring. This riveting and startling account will make us revise our expectations of our own mortality.
At St. Stephen's Academy, the students are on the verge of revolt. While the younger boys plot an insurrection, the older ones are preoccupied with sneaking out-of-bounds, thrashing each other, tearing each other's clothes off or some combination of the three.
Morgan Wilberforce, for one, can't take it any longer. Everything he touches turns to disaster in his desperate attempts to fight off desire, boredom, and angst. He knocks himself unconscious tackling the unattainable Spaulding on the rugby pitch, his headmaster detests him for crimes committed years ago, and even his closest friends are subjecting him to physical tortures normally reserved for juniors. And when an accident at the boarding school leaves Wilberforce with more suffering than he could have fathomed, he finds himself alone and adrift. Stylishly inventive, Wilberforce is an indelible portrait of a young man caught between lust and cruelty, grief and God, frustrated love and abject longing and a tour de force that heralds the arrival of a brilliant novelist.
'Deftly entertaining ...satisfyingly pushes all the requisite Agatha Christie-style buttons' - Barry Forshaw, THE INDEPENDENT An original story from the creator and writer of the hit BBC One TV series, Death in Paradise, featuring on-screen favourite detective, DI Richard Poole.
Supermodel Polly Carter was famed for her looks and party-girl lifestyle. Now she's dead, apparently having thrown herself from the clifftop near her home on the island of Saint-Marie. Those who knew her say Polly would never have killed herself...and when he is called in to investigate, DI Richard Poole is inclined to agree there is more to Polly's death than meets the eye. Already fighting a losing battle against the intense summer heat of the Caribbean, Richard now faces fresh adversaries: a stream of alibis a host of conflicting motives and, worst of all, a visit from his mother. A frenzy which would surely allow a murderer to slip away unnoticed...yet Richard is certain that the guilty party is still on the island.
As his team closes in on Polly's household, Richard becomes convinced that the model's death was an inside job.
And he's determined to prove who planned the killing of Polly Carter, and why...
Praise for Robert Thorogood: 'Very funny and very dark with great pace. I love Robert Thorogood's writing' - Peter James 'For fans of Agatha Christie' - Mail on Sunday 'A treat' - Radio Times 'Plenty of red herrings and twists to keep readers guessing' - Daily Express 'Fans of the Agatha Christie style BBC drama Death in Paradise will enjoy this book from the show's creator' - Mail on Sunday 'Fans will enjoy returning to DI Richard Poole...just switch off and relax' - Love Reading 'An absolute delight from start to finish.' - Entertainment Outlook 'A brilliant whodunnit' - Woman