Brier Hospital

9 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 144 ratings

First, Do No Harm Publisher's Summary

First in the Brier Hospital Series. If you believe that television, movies or medical fiction, accurately portray what it's like to be an acute care physician or a critically ill patient in a hospital today, think again. Doctor Joseph Polk is an intelligent, charismatic, and a powerful member of the medical staff at Brier Hospital in the San Francisco Bay Area, and he's killing his patients. No gun, knife, poison or drug injected into their intravenous tubing, common plot lines in medical thrillers, and he doesn't plan to kill them. They die anyway because this once brilliant physician, a functional psychopath for most of his career, has decompensated. Nurses and front-line physicians see Polk's indifference, incompetence, and stubborn cruelty, but the medical staff and the hospital administration are willfully blind. Patients suffer, and worse. Jack Byrnes, finally completing his training in Intensive Care Medicine, joins the staff at Brier Hospital. Well prepared to care for patients, Jack is woefully unprepared when he runs smack into Joe Polk, the medical staff and the hospital's administration. The strength of First Do No Harm lies in the authenticity of the medical setting and the struggles of patients and physicians. Joe Polk is a very different kind of villain.

©2012 Lawrence W. Gold, M.D. (P)2014 Lawrence W. Gold, M.D.
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  • Book 1

    • First, Do No Harm

    • Brier Hospital, Book 1
    • By: Lawrence W. Gold M.D.
    • Narrated by: Larry Gallegos
    • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 55

    Doctor Joseph Polk is an intelligent, charismatic, and a powerful member of the medical staff at Brier Hospital in the San Francisco Bay Area, and he's killing his patients. No gun, knife, poison or drug injected into their intravenous tubing, common plot lines in medical thrillers, and he doesn't plan to kill them. They die anyway because this once brilliant physician, a functional psychopath for most of his career, has decompensated.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Terrible narrator! Definitely not a "thriller"

    • By Eden2016 on 04-18-15

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 2

    • No Cure for Murder

    • By: Lawrence W. Gold M.D.
    • Narrated by: Laura Copland
    • Length: 11 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    Death at Brier Hospital is routine and provides the perfect opportunity to murder and get away with it. Jacob Weizman, a physician, and his wife, Lola, a psychotherapist, are Holocaust survivors and need no proof of evil in this world. Jacob and Lola are unique protagonists. They're octogenarians who take the fear out of getting old. Their intelligence, competence, humor, and sense of history make them appealing in a world that too often disdains the aged.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Much better than first book

    • By Carol on 01-22-17

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 3

    • The Sixth Sense

    • Brier Hospital, Book 3
    • By: Lawrence W. Gold M.D.
    • Narrated by: Craig R. Nickerson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14

    Arnie Roth, a family practitioner, develops viral encephalitis. He awakens from the near-death experience with a new appreciation for life and an unexpected talent, his sensitivity to smell has increased a thousandfold. The Sixth Sense is highly entertaining, thought provoking, and a touching journey through a world that influences us every day, but one that we know too little about.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Narrator sounded canned

    • By Sue on 04-19-17

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 4

    • Tortured Memory

    • Brier Hospital Series
    • By: Lawrence Gold
    • Narrated by: Darla Middlebrook
    • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 8

    Abbie had been treating two victims of the Chabot rapist who targeted girls, and as she's making progress in their care, unbelievably, someone abducts and strangles them. Their deaths devastate Abbie. During Abbie's difficult recovery, memories of past events gradually return. They are fragmentary and torture her with memory flashes and nightmares. Gradually, she begins to suspect that one of her adult patients may be the strangler.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • What a disappointment

    • By Donna on 03-29-16

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 5

    • The Plague Within

    • Brier Hospital Series
    • By: Lawrence Gold
    • Narrated by: Daniel Polonka
    • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    In Dr. Harmony Lane's single-minded obsession to cure her patients, she cuts corners and treats a desperately ill woman with an experimental viral vector provided by an unscrupulous research scientist. While he shares her impatience, he cares nothing for her humanistic sensibilities. She uses a similar vector on her patients with autoimmune diseases. While the vector has remarkable curative properties, it soon becomes clear that it has devastating and lethal side effects. The race is on to cure or at least control the vector before it kills again.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent

    • By Amazon Customer on 07-29-16

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 6

    • Trapped

    • Brier Hospital Series, Book 6
    • By: Lawrence W. Gold
    • Narrated by: Craig R. Nickerson
    • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 10

    Lisa Cooke is the product of a passive mother and an abusive father. She finds her way into pediatric nursing, a world filled with men in control, especially the director of the Neonatal ICU, Mike Cooper. As Mike reminds Lisa of her father, it's no surprise that they don't get along. Ultimately, they fall in love and have a fulfilling marriage except that she's unable to have children. They try everything, but fail. When an automobile accident severely injures Mike, Lisa is devastated. Shortly afterward, she discovers that she's pregnant.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting

    • By jenny on 05-27-15

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  • Book 7

    • Hybrid

    • Brier Hospital, Book 7
    • By: Lawrence W. Gold, MD
    • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
    • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 22

    Denise Berg, a professor of psychology, and her molecular biologist husband, Gabe, expected an intelligent child. When Denise gave birth to Zack, they were thrilled. They were not surprised to find that Zack had physical and mental gifts but were astounded by their magnitude. By every parameter Zack was extraordinarily gifted, and they took pride in their genes and their good fortune.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Hybrid

    • By trixie on 02-18-15

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 8

    • State of Mind

    • Brier Hospital Series, Book 8
    • By: Lawrence Gold
    • Narrated by: Tim Danko
    • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      1 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      1 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      1 out of 5 stars 1

    Dr. Kimberly Powell, a PhD in neuropsychology, works in a research lab trying to understand the roots of violence by stimulating the brains of aggressive rats to reduce their savagery. Her successes lead to phase I safety trials in volunteers and prisoners, and then to phase II and III studies in patients. Soon it becomes clear that Kim's brain stimulating techniques, besides controlling aggression, offer the potential to cure a number of medical problems including Parkinson's disease, depression, PTSD, and many others.

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    • Never Too Late

    • Brier Hospital
    • By: Lawrence W. Gold M.D.
    • Narrated by: Darla Middlebrook
    • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    Isabel Kramer's dream of running competitively, frustrated since age 17, reveals itself when, on a lark, she joins her daughter in the Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco. Now age 60, Izzy challenges her misgivings, the sage and well-intentioned advice of family and friends, and prepares for long-distance running. Izzy, a psychiatrist and professor of psychology at UC Berkeley, has no illusions about the likelihood of success and the possibility of injury, but amazingly, she outperforms expectations.

    Regular price: $19.95