A novel by Bob Bell, MDCM, MSc, FRCSC, FACS, FRCSE (hon)
Passionate praise for this inspiring medical and legal drama!
“With ‘Jonah K.’, Dr. Bob Bell firmly establishes himself as a master storyteller. Bob weaves an inspired fictional tapestry, representing both the best and worst of the human condition. From the tragic legacy of residential schools and the crushing politics of academic healthcare, characters emerge full of courage, passion and resilience. This is a brilliantly written third book from a talented novelist. You won’t forget these intriguing individuals or this stirring story.” Paul Alofs, Former CEO Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation and award-winning author of “Passion Capital”
Jonah Kay is a remarkably successful Bay Street lawyer despite living with the impact of intergenerational trauma caused by a notorious Canadian residential school. Dr. Brynn Allard is a brilliant young orthopaedic surgeon, increasingly frustrated by the misogyny of university surgical practice. This legal and medical drama follows Jonah and Brynn through the corporate murkiness of cannabis legalization, the challenge of healthcare delivery in remote northern communities, and nefarious practices in the international diamond trade. Readers will be delighted as Jonah’s and Brynn’s paths intersect along the James Bay coast – one of the most consequential places in the history of our northern land.
“Dr. Bob Bell’s riveting and dramatic story has the reader living in the fast-paced mind of a heroic trauma surgeon. He captured the misogyny and biased treatment women surgeons face in a way that is both triggering and empowering.” Dr. Carmen Quatman, MD, PhD, Orthopaedic surgeon-scientist
“Dr. Bob Bell is probably the only author today who can turn acute insights on the general topics of human nature, history, politics, capitalism, and specific topics of healthcare delivery, into page-turning stories that are both compelling and inspiring.”Keith Ambachtsheer, Former Chair Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation and award-winning author.
All proceeds from the sale of this novel will benefit the Indigenous Health Program at University Health Network – home to the Toronto General Hospital, named fourth best hospital in the world by Newsweek magazine.
New Doc in Maple Ridge
A novel by Bob Bell, MDCM, MSc, FRCSC, FACS, FRCSE (hon)
Dr. Ed Brinkley concluded his career as a battlefield surgeon following highly classified tours of duty in the Middle East. He arrives in Maple Ridge, Arkansas to start over as a small-town GP and to settle down in a new home. Things are looking up for Ed when he meets the lovely Linda Davis, managing partner of Arkansas’ leading law firm.
But Ed refuses an unethical demand from Tony Malto, a local gangster who tries to bully the doctor, triggering traumatic memories from Ed’s past.
Ed’s response to Malto’s intimidation takes the reader on a page turning flashback to Afghanistan and on to Biloxi, Mississippi as Ed fights back to protect the woman he wants to love.
“New Doc in Maple Ridge” will inspire, educate and entertain. Order a copy today and enjoy!
Also by Bob Bell…
Dr. Andrei Kovalov, a brilliant but unscrupulous scientist, is at the top of his game working with the world’s premier hip replacement surgeon in Boston. The scientist has uncovered a major breakthrough in hip replacement design by coating the surface of a hip implant with a small molecule which encourages bone ingrowth into the implant. His team expects to sell millions of the new “super-B.I.G.” implant, which is going to create massive profits for the Boston medical industrial complex.
But Kovalov also knows from implanting the new device in arthritic dogs that the implant can cause very dangerous bone cancer two to three years after surgery. He has decided to hide and destroy this evidence.
Patrick Maloney certainly didn’t expect to end up in Boston. An unlikely circumstance elevated Maloney from a third-rate residency to a top job in international surgery in one of the premier hospitals in the world. When he discovers the cancer risk in the new “super-B.I.G.” implants, he’s not afraid to speak truth to power – even when his surgical future, as well as his relationship with the woman he has fallen in love with, are put at risk.
In a series of twists and turns, “Hip” is a journey through the Boston medical world as Patrick, and his mentor Sandy, work out a surprising solution that will delight the reader.
Trained as a bone cancer surgeon in Boston, Bob Bell takes us into the deep underworld of scientific corruption that could potentially hide lethal complications of implants that achieve approval by the federal regulator responsible for new surgical devices. The 510 k pathway to licence is predicated on simply demonstrating that a new device is similar in design to an implant already licensed for use without showing that it is either effective or safe.
More than 1 million Americans will get a joint replacement in the next year and this number is growing by 5% every year. The desire of middle-aged folks to avoid the disability caused by arthritis means that Americans are asking for surgery earlier and earlier in the course of their arthritic disease. However, as the popularity of the Netflix documentary “The Bleeding Edge” also shows, patients and doctors are becoming increasingly worried about the side effects of implanting various devices in the body for decades and concerned about the low bar for approval of new technology used by the federal regulator.
“Hip” takes these risks to a new level and shows how a new major advance could have lethal complications. Readers will be entertained, educated and frightened by the plausibility of what Kovalov could accomplish.
All profits from the book will be donated to a charity in support of cancer research, patient care and education.