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Hippocrates Wept takes place in an alternate but not unimaginable post-September 11th world. Wall Street has crashed and HMOs have gone bankrupt. Congress and the President enact a universal healthcare system managed by the federal government. Under the National Health Security Act, hospitals and clinics become the property of the bureaucracy. Medical professionals, now salaried employees of the government, labor under strict diagnostic and treatment regulations set forth by Washington, and citizens are assigned specific physicians. Doctors breaching those mandated doctor-patient lists can be charged with a felony punishable by fines and up to five years in prison.

A vocal opponent of the government’s draconian healthcare policies, Dr. Ted O’Hara performs an emergency surgery for an abdominal aortic aneurysm on Joe Hanway, a friend who had saved his life in the Vietnam War. Hanway is not on Ted’s assigned list of patients. Aiming to quell swelling defiance of Washington’s edicts by doctors across the land, the Attorney General seeks to make an example of Dr. O’Hara, charging him with the “crime” of treating a patient without authorization.

Thus begins a gripping drama. With the action shifting from the operating room to the court room, Dr. O’Hara seeks to clear his name and challenge the system that would brand doctors as criminals. The case leads to remarkable twists and turns in the lives of Dr. O’Hara and his attorney, whose defense strategy hinges intriguingly on a pre-Civil War case of conscientious objection to the federal Fugitive Slave Law. Legal risks are the least of their worries, however, as the trial sparks a politically charged battle over government regulation of free enterprise – a battle that threatens lives.

In the vein of Robin Cook and John Grisham thrillers, the late William F. Quigley, M.D. has crafted a provocative cautionary tale rooted in real world leanings toward socialized medicine in America. With the juggernaut of Obamacare not fully realized, Hippocrates Wept dramatizes the slippery slope of government involvement in our healthcare system and reminds us that the people—even one person—can make a difference.

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Book Details
Pages: 331
BISAC Primary Subject Code: FIC035000
Fiction / Medical
BISAC Secondary Subject Code: FIC034000
Fiction / Legal
Print ISBN-13: 9780990868545 
eBook ISBN: 9781310481055 9781310481055

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About Hippocrates Wept Author William F. Quigley, M.D.

Raised in New York City, Lincoln, Nebraska, and Washington, D.C., William F. Quigley, M.D. benefited from a Jesuit education in high school and in college, which he attended on an ROTC scholarship. Needing doctors as well as artillery officers, the U.S. Army granted him then a four year deferment from active duty to attend New York Medical College. After receiving his M.D., Dr. Quigley paid his obligation to the military while completing  his internship and residency training in general surgery at U.S. Army hospitals in Pennsylvania, Texas, and Hawaii. In 1962 Captain Quigley extended his career in the U.S. Army Medical Corps as a rookie surgeon in the hospital at Fort Ord, California, where he advanced to Chief of General Surgery. In 1964, he was assigned to the  56th General Hospital at the U.S. Army post in Verdun, France, as Chief of Surgery and Chief of Professional  Services. He soon became commanding officer of that institution.

In 1967 Lieutenant Colonel Quigley honorably discharged from the U.S. Army Medical Corps and went into private practice in Waterbury, Connecticut as a general surgeon specializing in peripheral vascular surgery. With 35 years of experience there as a solo  practitioner, including his hospital tenures as Chief of Surgery, President of the Medical Staff, and Program Director of General Surgical Residency as well as his executive appointments and committee representation in many local, state, and national medical societies, he had a privileged perspective on the changes affecting the delivery of medical care in America, for better and for worse, over the past sixty years. From Medicaid and Medicare, to Managed Care, to HMOs, to the Affordable Care Act better known as “Obamacare”, Dr. Quigley deplored the trend toward socialized medicine.

William F. Quigley, M.D. died in 2014 at the age of 83. Three days before he died, he happily signed a contract with Grave Distractions to publish the novel he had written in retirement from his profession as a surgeon. He knew his death was close; he hoped his novel might help to save the independence if not also the world-class  expertise of the medical profession in America. His novel, Hippocrates Wept,  is the farewell address of a masterful surgeon and a hopeful romantic.

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