Paperback copy signed by Charleston physician and author, Roger B. Newman.
Sooner or later, everyone must confront the dilemma of doing what’s right versus doing what’s smart. Occam’s Razor is set against the backdrop of the Operation Jackpot federal sting that targeted a billion dollars worth of marijuana coming ashore through the sieve of inlets and marshes along the South Carolina coast.
Declan Murphy, a popular Ob-Gyn physician at the Medical University of South Carolina, is called to the Emergency Department to see a young woman with a pelvic straddle injury. Helene Eastland is Declan’s former high school girlfriend and daughter of the powerful and sexually abusive state governor. Helene has fallen in with the Jackpot smugglers and is now trapped between her father’s plan to commit her to the State Mental Hospital and the Jackpot prosecutors who want her testimony against the smuggling kingpins.
Declan decides the only option is to help Helene flee her father’s snare and the Jackpot subpoena. On the run, Declan and Helene develop an inappropriate doctor-patient intimacy, which puts both Helene and Declan in jeopardy. After a week in hiding, Helene disappears, leaving Declan to face the personal and professional consequences of his actions. Declan faces off against the Dean, the University President, and the Governor. The choice is clear. Fail Helene once again, or lose his medical license and career.
About the Author
Roger Newman, M.D. is a novelist, academic Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist and member of the faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Dr. Newman is a tenured Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maas Endowed Chair for Reproductive Sciences.
Dr. Newman grew up in Columbia, S.C. and attended Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. He returned to South Carolina to attend MUSC and stayed in Charleston for his residency training in Ob-Gyn. He followed his residency with a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and the Cardiovascular Research Institute. Dr. Newman then returned to the academic faculty at MUSC where he continues to practice.