Postmodern Medicine

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Postmodern Medicine

When Mr. Mardin, a new college graduate, is approached by a friend about joining him in a start up company, he is intrigued. The pay is low but the potential is huge.

Mardin's job is to sell FromBirth Ltd. to the masses. What FromBirth does is to take organ donation to the next level. They pride themselves on harvesting ALL the human body parts and reusing them.

When Mardin decides to put a face to FromBirth Ltd. for promotional materials, he chooses Ayeshia Smith, a young woman who'd died from an accidental drug overdose. Ayeshia's body parts have gone to a variety of worthy people and Mardin figures interviewing them would make a great video.

He puts himself to the task. What follows is a hilarious romp through the warped psyche's of Ayeshia's benefactors. But they aren't the only ones who are twisted, Dr. Groome, the mastermind of the operation is odd as well. Aside from loosing his train of thought mid sentence, he appears in Mardin's bedroom at night to run tests on him.

I don't want to spoil it anything, but I will say this, this story turns in unexpected ways.

One thing I can say about Postmodern Medicine is that I was surprised throughout by the plot and its cleverness. I laughed out loud in several places, yet the author managed to keep the tension and to keep our hero sympathetic. I was worried about Mardin even if he didn't seem too worried about himself.

The irony and humor throughout reminded me of Monty Python. It was fresh, smart and fun. I loved this story.

Book Blurb for Postmodern Medicine

Ayeshia Smith has died, her organs donated to recipients around the country. FromBirth Ltd. and its leader Dr. Groome intend to profit from her death by creating a business of harvesting and donating organs. In an effort to increase the number of people willing to sign up to be a part of the venture, Mr. Mardin is hired to create a video for promotion of the company. In the process of making the film and interviewing those who received her organs, Mardin realizes those who benefitted aren't as gracious as (or grateful to) their donor. In the battle of profits vs. humanity, will anyone even remember Ayeshia Smith? Author Trevor Price provides a timely, satirical commentary about the potential future of medicine in the world, and the sacrifice of humanity in the name of turning a profit. 

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2011 5.00