ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

My Review of "First Do No Harm" by Lawrence W. Gold

Updated on January 16, 2014


If you enjoy medical shows, or even shows or movies that are suspenseful, I highly recommend reading "First Do No Harm," because it is a little bit of both. I downloaded this book and read it in two days. In this review I'll provide a brief plot summary and my impressions of this book.

Plot Summary

"First Do No Harm" by Lawrence W. Gold is the first book in the Brier Hospital Series. It is a medical thriller told from the point of view of Jack Byrnes, an intensive care specialist who has recently arrived at Brier Hospital. He is trained to work with the sickest patients, but unfortunately many of the patients he's seeing are at the hospital are there because of the negligence of one of the more popular physicians, Dr. Joe Polk. Throughout this book many of Dr. Polk's patients wind up in the ICU because of his negligence, however Jack and many other people on staff at Brier Hospital have a hard time getting hospital bureaucracy to see that, because he's very popular with HMOs because of his ability to see many patients in a short amount of time, and he's also popular with a lot of the patients he sees in his practice. He is however not very popular with nurses, because of his attitude toward them, and because he ignores their recommendations. He also often ignores pages, or doesn't respond to them until hours later, which is not a good thing for a doctor to be doing. After being arrested when one of his patients died when her death could have been prevented, Dr. Polk starts to go on a downward spiral.

My Impression of the Book

I love stories that are suspenseful, as well as those which have a medical theme, and this one has both, which is why I was able to read this entire book in two days. However, if you plan to purchase the Kindle edition of the book, I should mention that when I first purchased this book back in December 2012, I found several grammatical as well as spelling errors in the book. Also the Kindle version of the book was both right and left justified, so that there are margins on both the right and left sides - this threw the spacing off. If it weren't for the fact that the storyline had me glued to the book, I probably would have not finished reading it. The book may have been updated by now, however. Grammatical errors and spacing issues aside, I did enjoy this book, and I have since read other books by Lawrence W. Gold.

Have you read any books by Lawrence W. Gold?

See results


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)