• Bitter Medicine

  • Two Doctors, Two Deaths, and a Small Town's Search for Justice
  • By: Carlton Smith
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Bitter Medicine

By: Carlton Smith
Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
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Publisher's Summary

Two deaths

Port Angeles, Washington, is a small town of pretty houses and smiling people, surrounded by acres of pristine wilderness. Everyone thought it was the perfect place to live . . . until two local doctors made headlines. 

Two doctors

On a chilly January night, Dr. Eugene Turner hastened the death of a three-day-old baby boy who had been pronounced brain-dead. Six weeks later, ER physician Dr. Bruce Rowan hacked his wife to death with an axe, then tried to kill himself - claiming he snapped after witnessing Dr. Turner's euthanasia. 

A small town rocked by a shocking fatality

What really happened? What drove Dr. Bruce Rowan - a man who was entrusted to heal the sick - to so savagely take the life of his own wife? Acquitted by reason of insanity, Dr. Rowan was committed to a mental institution. And thought the trial is over, some fascinating ethical and legal questions have been raised by its outcome. 

Now, best-selling true crime writer Carlton Smith reveals the never-before-told facts and the stunning truth behind two doctors, two deaths, a surprising trial, and the picturesque town standing in the shadow of a ghastly killing.

©2000 Carlton Smith (P)2018 Tantor

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Very medical but great story

at first, I was disappointed because there was so much medical jargon (I want expecting that kind of detail) but then the story moved along & it was extremely interesting. loved the narrator's slight gravelly voice & how he inflected certain words/statements.

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Don’t read summary, just but it!

This is a great book, I only wish I hadn’t looked at the description on audible while reading the book. It told me everything that would happen. Still it was fascinating!
If you are reading this review, just try it! You won’t regret it. But the book is even better if you don’t know what’s going to happen.
This narrator is exceptional!!

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