Friday, October 22, 2010

Review - Postmodern Medicine by Trevor Price

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3 of  5 stars

I received a digital copy of the book from the publisher for this review.

This quirky story opens with Yusuf duping his Turkish cousin, Mr. Mardin, into traveling to England to take a position with a fledgling company, FromBirth Ltd.  Yusuf is sketchy with the details about what exactly the position will be, the pay, the accommodations and this avoidance of details sets the stage for the rest of the book.  FromBirth Ltd harvests human organs, which is not a new idea, but FromBirth Ltd takes it one step further.  With the introduction of new immuno-suppressants from a partner company, they can now literally use every part of the donor body. 

Mardin is delegated to be the PR guy although he has no PR experience, and he must make a promotional video about a recent donor, Ayeshia Smith, on a shoestring budget.  In fact, everything about the company seems to be on a tight budget.  Mardin finds this out first-hand when his living arrangements turn out to be a cot in his office. 

Author Trevor Price speeds us along from one crazy situation to another mostly involving interviews with the recipients of the donor organs to a trip out to the Glynnebourne Organic Farm, a new “green” company.  The author has a flair for dialogue and I found myself chuckling at some of these interviews.  The story is filled with an interesting cast of characters including the kind of creepy, Dr. Groome who harvests the body parts, Mr. Stewart Wymer, the business partner who makes decisions on the fly no matter what the consequences, Yusuf, the cousin who isn’t exactly helpful to Mardin, and Debbi, the overworked, moody receptionist. 

Mr. Price presents us with a satirical commentary with this story, but it made me think about the state of modern medicine and perhaps that was his purpose all along or maybe it's just a dark urban fantasy after all.

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