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Reviewer Koos van den Hout wrote:
One of the 'older' Crichton books (1972) which gives the book a special timeframe.
A man suffers from seizures after a car accident. The hospital suggests a special neurosurgery that will add a 'computer' to his brain to regulate his brainwaves.
Serious undertones in the book are the medical profession (which is explained by Crichtons education in medicine) including how patients are more 'interesting cases' then people and the threat of computers (very new and especially having the potential to change medicine without the explanation for 'how').
A good read. Sometimes gripping, sometimes easy flowing.
Reviewer amazon.com wrote:
Harry has a problem. Ever since getting in a car accident, he's suffered from "thought seizures," violent fits in which he attacks other people. He used to be an artificial intelligence researcher, which may explain why he targets anyone who either works on machines or who acts like a machine--mechanics, gas-station attendants, prostitutes, exotic dancers. But there's hope: he can become part machine himself, undergoing "Stage 3," an experimental procedure implanting 40 electrodes deep in the pleasure centers of his brain. The surgery is successful, and blissful pulses of electricity short-circuit Harry's seizures. That is, until Harry figures out how to overload himself with the satisfying jolts and escapes on a murderous rampage. One of Crichton's earliest, playing ably on '70s fears of computers and mind control.
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