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Robin Cook's Coma (1977)

Updated on April 13, 2015

Coma (1977)

My Review on Robin Cook's Coma (1977)

The story line is about patients who check into Boston Memorial Hospital for routine operations and not checking out. Instead they are hanging in a room, in a coma like state. Never to wake up again.

Coma takes place in the mid 1970's. Dr. Susan Wheeler, a third year medical student, wants to find out what has happen to over twelve patients, who have slipped into irreparable comas after standard surgery in the abominable OR #8. But when she comes close to the answer, she finds herself marked for death.

Robin Cook is one of my favorite authors. He is a physician turned author. He combines his medical knowledge in his thrillers. What I enjoy with Cook's writing is that he does his research on medical issues. Every fictional thriller has some base of truth it. It makes a person say, "What if this actually did happen"

Coma is one of those books. What would happen to you, if you thought you were going in for a simple surgical route from OR #8.

Coma was Robin Cook's first book that a Hollywood movie was made from, by director Michael Crichton in 1978. The main actors who stared in this thriller were Genevieve Bujold as Dr. Susan Wheeler and Michael Douglas as Dr. Mark Bellows.

Coma on DVD

A terrifying thriller that will leave you in a state of fear...thinking this could really happen.

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Coma From Book to Movie

I first discovered Robin Cook when I read his book "Coma." It was one of those books that you couldn’t put down. What intrigues me with Cook is that he is a medical doctor before becoming a famous author. All his books have some medical base. When you read his books, it makes you think, “Something like this could really happen.”

Coma was his first book that became a movie. I loved the book and in my opinion, the movie was first rate.

Favorite Story Line from the Movie

Someone is putting people into comas! They are murdering them!

Author Robin Cook

About Robin Cook

Robin Cook was born on May 4, 1940, in New York, New York. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University, the Columbia University Medical School and finished his postgraduate medical training at Harvard. He is currently on leave from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He divides his time between homes in Boston and Florida where he lives with his wife, Jean, and their son.

It’s to Cook’s benefit that he grew up with medical research as a first career choice. Besides creating fairly airtight plots, it has given him an array of credentials. At one time he worked for the Cousteau Society in its blood-gas studies off Cap d’Ail, France. He converted that into a research diving job with the Navy Seals after the United States drafted him.

Cook says he chose to write thrillers because the form gives him "an opportunity to get the public interested in things about medicine they didn't seem to know about. I believe my books are actually teaching people."

He has written 35 books, which about 1/3rd have been made into movies.

What do you think of Robin Cook?

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    • ReviewsfromSandy profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      5 years ago from Wisconsin

      sheilamarie78 Did you see the remake movie for TV?

      I found it okay but do like the original movie the best.

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      5 years ago from British Columbia

      I remember this book and movie from way back when. Scary, isn't it?

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      Sandy Mertens 

      6 years ago from Wisconsin

      @OhMe: Good to put on your list.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I love thrillers and can't believe that I have not read Coma. I will sure put it on my list. Great review.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      7 years ago from Canada

      I did not read the book but I watched the movie and that sure changed my view on a few things. Very startling.

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      8 years ago

      I definitely need to get this book, thanks for sharing!

    • LynetteBell profile image


      8 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      I love Robin Cook's books

    • Rangoon House profile image


      8 years ago from Australia

      I had forgotten about this book, but now remember reading it a long time ago - it was great, but think I should read again to remind myself how good it was.

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      10 years ago

      I read this book years ago right before having surgery, I remember letting the anethesiologist know that I had read it and was on to his plot. (o:

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      Rhonda Albom 

      11 years ago from New Zealand

      Robin Cook is one of my favorite authors. If you like him, I also recommend Michael Palmer.

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      11 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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      11 years ago

      Welcome to Books On Review HQ.

      You have been featured. Please visit the group and have a look at your fellow members.

      I remember having read Coma many years ago. And I remember it to be be spine chilling.

      You have a great lens here. 5*

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      Nathalie Roy 

      11 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      I have to put that book on my list. I think I read one Cook book but can't remember. This one sounds great. Strangely I never about about the film despite the fact it was made by Michael Chrichton

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      11 years ago

      I actually read this book in the early eighties when I was about 14 and saw the movie later.

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      The Party Animal 

      11 years ago from Partytown USA

      That movie was scary - I should probably watch it now again that I am older.

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      rewards4life info 

      11 years ago

      I love Robin Cook and his style of writing. I've read the "Coma" many years ago, recently I've bought the "Marker" book and I'm planning to read it soon. Another interesting lens, Sandy. =)

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      Holley Web 

      11 years ago

      I remember when I was a kid and this movie came out. I never actually saw it, because I was afraid to then. But now that I think about it, I've always been afraid of hospitals since then. :) Very well written!


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