Toxin Just how safe is America s meat supply Recent health scares and new public awareness have made this one of today s most controversial subjects and the basis of Robin Cook s most startling and importa

  • Title: Toxin
  • Author: Robin Cook
  • ISBN: 9780425166611
  • Page: 201
  • Format: Paperback
  • Just how safe is America s meat supply Recent health scares and new public awareness have made this one of today s most controversial subjects and the basis of Robin Cook s most startling, and important novel.When a doctor s daughter becomes infected with E coli, the widespread dangers of bacterial contamination are no longer a subject for debate, but a grim reality.Just how safe is America s meat supply Recent health scares and new public awareness have made this one of today s most controversial subjects and the basis of Robin Cook s most startling, and important novel.When a doctor s daughter becomes infected with E coli, the widespread dangers of bacterial contamination are no longer a subject for debate, but a grim reality In desperation, he is forced to follow a trail of ignorance and corruption from the tangled red tape of the medical community to the highest levels of the powerful meat industry It is an eye opening thriller that every American should read

    Toxin A toxin from Ancient Greek , translit toxikon is a poisonous substance produced within living cells or organisms synthetic toxicants created by artificial processes are thus excluded The term was first used by organic chemist Ludwig Brieger Toxins can be small molecules, peptides, or proteins that are capable of causing disease on contact with or absorption Toxin Definition of Toxin by Merriam Webster the toxin in scorpion venom read a pamphlet on the toxin responsible for botulism, a food poisoning that can cause paralysis and even death in some cases What Are Toxins medicaldaily Popular health advice tells us exercise helps sweat out toxins, but no one ever seems to specify what a toxin is or what it does. Toxin Define Toxin at Dictionary Toxin definition, any poison produced by an organism, characterized by antigenicity in certain animals and high molecular weight, and including the bacterial toxins that are the causative agents of tetanus, diphtheria, etc and such plant and animal toxins as ricin and snake venom See . Toxin definition of toxin by Medical dictionary cholera toxin an exotoxin produced by Vibrio cholerae a protein enterotoxin that binds to the membrane of enteric cells and stimulates the adenylate cyclase system, causing the hypersecretion of chloride and bicarbonate ions, resulting in increased fluid secretion and the severe diarrhea characteristic of cholera. Toxin definition of toxin by The Free Dictionary any poison produced by an organism, including the bacterial toxins that are the causative agents of tetanus, diphtheria, etc and such plant and animal toxins as ricin and snake venom. Toxin Klyntar Earth Marvel Database FANDOM Born from Carnage as the th symbiote in its lineage, Toxin was feared to be the strongest and most dangerous of their race by both Carnage and Venom besides Knull Shortly after being born, the symbiote united with police officer Pat Mulligan Years later, the symbiote was removed from Toxin Jan , I enjoyed Toxin Found it a fast paced action sci fi with some relate able characters and a message Some of the decisions made by the actors in the film are not entirely believable but this reminds me of the commercial for that insurance company where all the kids hide in the back of a garage so the killer can hack them to pieces. Toxin biochemistry Britannica Toxin Toxin, any substance poisonous to an organism The term is sometimes restricted to poisons spontaneously produced by living organisms biotoxins Besides the poisons produced by such microorganisms as bacteria, dinoflagellates, and algae, there

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    Librarian Note Not to be confused with British novelist Robin Cook a pseudonym of Robert William Arthur Cook.Dr Robin Cook born May 4, 1940 in New York City, New York is an American doctor novelist who writes about medicine, biotechnology, and topics affecting public health.He is best known for being the author who created the medical thriller genre by combining medical writing with the thriller genre of writing His books have been bestsellers on the New York Times Bestseller List with several at 1 A number of his books have also been featured in Reader s Digest Many were also featured in the Literary Guild Many have been made into motion pictures.Cook is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Columbia University School of Medicine He finished his postgraduate medical training at Harvard that included general surgery and ophthalmology He divides his time between homes in Florida, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts where he lives with his wife Jean He is currently on leave from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary He has successfully combined medical fact with fiction to produce a succession of bestselling books Cook s medical thrillers are designed, in part, to make the public aware of both the technological possibilities of modern medicine and the ensuing ethical conundrums.Cook got a taste of the larger world when the Cousteau Society recruited him to run its blood gas lab in the South of France while he was in medical school Intrigued by diving, he later called on a connection he made through Jacques Cousteau to become an aquanaut with the US Navy Sealab when he was drafted in the 60 s During his navy career he served on a nuclear submarine for a seventy five day stay underwater where he wrote his first book 1 Cook was a private member of the Woodrow Wilson Center s Board of Trustees, appointed to a six year term by the President George W Bush 2 edit Doctor NovelistDr Cook s profession as a doctor has provided him with ideas and background for many of his novels In each of his novels, he strives to write about the issues at the forefront of current medical practice.To date, he has explored issues such as organ donation, genetic engineering,fertility treatment, medical research funding, managed care, medical malpractice, drug research, drug pricing, specialty hospitals, stem cells, and organ transplantation 3 Dr Cook has been remarked to have an uncanny ability to anticipate national controversy In an interview with Dr.Cook, Stephen McDonald talked to him about his novel Shock Cook admits the timing of Shock was fortuitous I suppose that you could say that it s the most like Coma in that it deals with an issue that everybody seems to be concerned about, he says, I wrote this book to address the stem cell issue, which the public really doesn t know much about Besides entertaining readers, my main goal is to get people interested in some of these issues, because it s the public that ultimately really should decide which way we ought to go in something as that has enormous potential for treating disease and disability but touches up against the ethically problematic abortion issue 4 Keeping his lab coat handy helps him turn our fear of doctors into bestsellers I joke that if my books stop selling, I can always fall back on brain surgery, he says But I am still very interested in being a doctor If I had to do it over again, I would still study medicine I think of myself as a doctor who writes, rather than a writer who happens to be a doctor After 35 books,he has come up with a diagnosis to explain why his medical thrillers remain so popular The main reason is, we all realize we are at risk We re all going to be patients sometime, he says You can write about great white sharks or haunted houses, and you can say I m not going into the ocean or I m not going in haunted houses, but you can t say you re n


  • Robin Cook's novels are a guilty pleasure for me; the plots are usually interesting and the subject matter compelling (plague outbreaks! ecoli! anthrax!), but they're not the best-written books in the world. Toxin was worst than most, though. Am I supposed to feel sympathy for a cardiac surgeon who has to drive a *gasp* ten year old Mercedes and who gets upset that he isn't allowed to jump to the head of the line at the emergency room? Yeah, cry me a river. Usually I can ignore Cook's thinly dis [...]

  • I read this book many years ago after borrowing it from my grandmother's library. It did not make me a vegetarian but it definitely has made me more conscientious about the meat I consume. To this day, I refuse to eat much hamburger or ground meat. I have officially reread it and I now have the upsetting renewal to stay away from all hamburger or ground meat. The story is harrowing as well as completely possible. Hell, it's already happened. The fear of E. coli and its effects is an ever-impendi [...]

  • I was forced to read this book for my high school English class, and I have decided I will never read anything by Robin Cook again.The characters are unbelievable and fail to engage the reader. The storyline is typical, lacking anything that would surprise someone, even if they had the IQ of a doorknob.I stand firm by the belief that (most) doctors should not try their hand at writing and stick to what they do best.

  • This book is the reason I bought another 20 books written by Cook. Different people will get different things out of it but I know that he hooked me with it. Meat eaters beware since this book will really make you think. This book is about the perfect storm in the meat packing industry and how many broken steps along the way it takes for diseased meat to get to you with the disease still active. When I had read just a few chapters I was compelled to go on with it but that may be because of my ba [...]

  • This is one of the worst books I've ever read. The author gives us characters that are too dumb to exist in scenarios that go so far past implausible that one's head spins.Our protagonist is Dr. Regis, a man with an MD that doesn't understand how commonplace e. coli is (in an effort to push the plot forward, the author has Dr. Regis find out key bits of information from a random stranger in an elevator). He gets physically violent with other physicians on several other occasions for no good reas [...]

  • Wow, possibly the worst thriller I've ever read We start with an utterly unlikeable "hero", who puts his daughter into harm's way then fails to comprehend what's happening until it's too late. His ego manages to stop him noticing anything that's happening until the daughter's at death's door. He then flies completely off the rails, attacking several people and acting like a lunatic until he finally realises the obvious truth (some people in the food industry are unscrupulous, dur). He then makes [...]

  • This would have been a lot better if it weren't for the kind of strange dialog Cook utilized in this book. The main character's anger explodes for no apparent reason on a regular basis and you have to stop and try to figure out what's going on. But alas, there is no explanation for these burst of violent dialog so credibilty sufferes.

  • After due consideration and painfully excruciating hours spent reading this "book" I have determined that is definitely towards the top end of the worst book ever list. Being a vegetarian, I did support the message, and it was informative, but frankly it read as if a third grader wrote it. The characters had no character, their responses made no sense whatsoever, it simply told you useless information about the characters, left no room for any thought, and had no ending whatsoever. Beyond the ch [...]

  • This was not a medical thriller. Instead, it was a commentary on the USDA that involved an angry, violent, out of control and unlikeable surgeon. I simply quit reading when Dr. Reggis stormed into the meat processing plant. I'm a reader who, in real life, has enough concerns about the meat industry to buy locally raised, locally butchered meat from people I know. Even with that ideological slant in Cook's direction I was not able to finish this book. Usually when I give up on a book I will skip [...]

  • Very Good Read!Robin Cook shows us what we already know. What does and will continue to occur when the powers that be turn a blind eye to corporate America's failure to put safety and common sense above the welfare and common good of the people. On the surface it is a a story of 1 sick cow, contamination and a dying child. Digging deeper it is a story of mans blatant disregard for the most elemental laws of God and Nature. Cattle are natural born herbivores. Yet we allow the giant ranching indus [...]

  • As far as a fiction book goes, it's really not good at all. The suspense/action plot is really lame and unrealistic, not at all engaging. Characters are beyond robotic and unlikeable. BUT, I can't stop reading books by this author simply because I love anything medical. This one's about E-coli in a popular hamburger chain and beef market. Made me glad I don't eat hamburgers.

  • Most Awesome Robin Cook read again!!!What's not to like about Robin Cook. This read is very graphic but dead on in details. I can't say more without giving away spoilers. He is nothing if not accurate in his details. That is what his readers ask for & enjoy in his writing. Please enjoy this book in the manner it was intended.

  • This book reminded me that I really don't like to read Robin Cook. Sometimes the medical terminology is just way over the top for me. Sometimes the story reads like commentary instead of a novel. The subject matter in this novel is interestingI just don't like the way it is presented.Now, if I can just remember to not pick up another of his books and the second hand stores I shop at :))

  • It took me ages to finish Toxin. The idea itself isn't bad at all. First there is the meat industry who does everything to gain profit and stops at nothing so they won't get shut down. Then there are individuals only thinking about making more money and not thinking about the well-being of others. And then there are the consumers who know nothing about the meat processing and believe the biased media reports.However the storyline was too over the top for my liking. Some actions of the characters [...]

  • I normally enjoy Robin Cook's books, but for some reason found the characters in this one a little hard to believe. The couple's daughter dies and there dealing with that is almost incidental next to the mad-cap investigative caper they go off on. He goes from being a really aggressive impatient guy to a wonderful hero in a few pages. I appreciate everyone deals with grief differenlty but it didn't feel real. And then it's almost like the author loses interest in wrapping up the details, the boo [...]

  • Robin Cook presents a thriller with situations torn from the headlines. In "Toxin," food-borne illness is the medical problem exacerbated by the cozy relationship between the USDA and meat processing plants.Dr. Kim Reggis' daughter Becky falls ill after eating an undercooked hamburger, which leads him to an undercover and illegal investigation of the meat processing plant from which the beef originated. USDA officials and cattle barons are soon gunning for him (both literally and figuratively) a [...]

  • This book is an amazing read that makes the reader really think about food and about life and how precious it is. As well as how easily life can be ended by uncontrollable circumstances. The book is quite fast paced and, personally, I could not put the book down. I read this book in less than a day and this book literally made me love to read. As a good person I suggest everyone read this amazing book! The incite and explicit detail will have any thrill-seeking soul flipping page after page to g [...]

  • We all know about Ecoli bacteria and how it can wreck havoc. This book is about how the beef industry in the US is so totally vulnerable to bacterial contamination due to unethical practices such as slaughter of deal cattle without DA approval and due to general unhygienic practices. a Very healthy 10 year old daughter of a cardiac surgeon gets infected and dies within a week after eating a rare cooked hamburger and the father goes about finding the source of the infection and finds more than wh [...]

  • I give it only one star because it felt more like it was for information first and the story line was an after thought. It makes you look twice about burgers but I see no point in stop eating ground meat because there is so much that can kill you. If a burger will make you happy to eat you might as well eat it. I just reread the the description of the book and wonder if I read the same thing because it doesn't seem to be explaining the same book I read because makes it sound alot more exciting w [...]

  • I love Dr. Robin Cook. His stories are always fascinating, even if the dialogue is somewhat stilted and some of his plots seem a bit contrived. That said, I still read everything of his. I love the insider look at the medical profession and love the way he tackles current health issues. This one in particular really grabbed me. An e-coli outbreak from contaminated beef like the one he describes is all too possible. It isn't a question of whether it will happen, but when. We delude ourselves when [...]

  • So, maybe Robin Cook made it through med school, but he needs to go to writing school! While I enjoyed the concept, the writing WAS SO BAD! It is an easy read because it is so poorly written. This is one of those you could finish on a plane to and fro. Or use it for bathroom reading. Liked the concept, but the details of the story were sometimes convoluted rendering them annoying. The character development was also lackluster. Despite my venom toward Dr. Cook's writing, he ultimately does a fine [...]

  • This was painful to read on so many levels. The protagonist, Dr. Kim Braggs, was SO unlikable, so arrogant and obnoxious. He's a cardiac surgeon and his daughter gets E Coli from eating an undercooked hamburger. Dr. Braggs goes on a campaign to find out why she got sick and ends up investigating the meat industry. Through the course of his investigation he decides that eating animals (and particularly beef) is just bad. (I can't help but wonder if the author is an overbearing vegetarian.)I kept [...]

  • Wow!! Talk about being a bit afraid to eat red meat after reading this book. This book brought up the subject of the E.Coli scare when people in Washington had died suddenly from E.Coli outbreaks in fast food restaurants, such as Jack-in-the-Box (the hamburgers). What I like most about Robin Cook, is that he writes about current medical topics, and brings awareness to consumers & the readers. I bet a lot of what he wrote about the farming industry is very true. That's just a side of the food [...]

  • I didn't think a book about Eli could turn out to be a drama/thriller, but Robin Cook pulls it off. I couldn't put it down after I started it, and it made me question the quality of my hamburgers for a while, but I never went vegetarian like a few friends did. For bio geeks, this is a great read, and for others who aren't (like me), it's still pretty good because of the human element. The daughter's condition was so sad, and I was in tears at the scene where her father, a doctor, tries to massag [...]

  • The subject of this book was so shocking and disgusting! I couldn't believe that things like that could really happen and it's scary to think about. There's so much going on behind closed doors that people just believe are being taken care of in the safety and health of the public but in reality none of us know that. This book definitely paints a very clear picture of the potential risks of eating meat and how easy it is to slip up and get sick from something very serious.

  • I didn't read this book for a long time despite my love for his books due to my paranoia about food in particular meat. I don't eat a lot of beef anymore maybe once a month so I felt ready to try reading this book finally. Everyone should this read book is educational and devestating. It touches on a brilliant point in relation to the beef industry and slaughterhouses.

  • Pierwszy raz czytałam tę książkę, bodajże w podstawówce. Wtedy czytałam głównie thrillery medyczne i kryminały. W tamtych czasach byłam zachwycona tą pozycją, stąd zdecydowałam się na zakup tej książki i przeczytanie jej po raz drugi.Po mojej ocenie widać, że to co podobało nam się w młodości niekoniecznie będzie podobać nam się po latach. Mam kilka problemów z tą pozycją. Po pierwsze główny bohater jest okropnie irytujący. Doskonale rozumiem co nim kierowało i [...]

  • This book has a very important message. Due to the quantity of ground meat required, the need to lower prices, easy ways to thwart quality inspection, and the inspection industry in a conflict of interest with the beef industry, our meat is easily contaminated. Dr. Reggis is a divorced father of a daughter who falls ill because of a fast food hamburger. The parts of the book describing how the cows are butchered and what the slaughterhouse looks like are disgusting. I have eaten my last hamburge [...]

  • This is one of that I wanted to love. Two subjects so dear to my heart were the drivers of this work by Cook--food safety and the medical bureaucracy. He did cover it, especially the latter. However, the lead character became, even under trying circumstances, overly irrational. This altered the work's credibility. Towards the end, it became a comedy of errors such as inept hit men. It turned out to become a slapstick comedy, much like the old Abbot and Costello or Three Stooges movies. Plus ther [...]

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