Thrillers by Cook ’62 Explain Medical Issues in an Entertaining Way

Book by Robin Cook '62

Best-selling author Robin Cook ’62 has just released a new novel, Cure (Putnam), which deals with the problematic intersection of big business and medicine, the cut-throat world of medical patents, and stem cell technology.

Cook recently talked to Reuters about writing and his latest thriller, which is set in Japan and New York:

“I have been interested in stem cell issues from the beginning because it is so important. I became more interested when I saw it was going to get caught up in politics and it put us back about 10 years or so. In 2006 when I saw you could create stem cells without having to use anything to do with embryos I saw that as an immense breakthrough and I have been surprised how little the general public knows about that. Stem cells will revolutionize medicine although it is being pushed back by politics and religion now.”

David Low

David Low '76 writes about arts and culture for the Wesleyan magazine and Wesleyan Connection. He is associate director of publications in the Office of University Communications. He is also a published fiction writer. E-mail: