New Medical Thriller Asks: What Constitutes Harm?
"First do no harm," is a modern interpretation of the Hippocratic Oath physicians take when they begin their careers. Although these words are not found in the original oath, the intent is the same. Physicians promise to treat patients to the best of their ability and never, knowingly, cause harm to their patients.
But what if a physician's "best" included magical powers?
Larry Krantz, M.D., combines his love for writing with his background as a physician in his compelling new book, Strange Miracles. Intrigued by popular television shows and movies, he explores the notion of psychic and magical powers used for healing.
Jordan Wilkins is a doctor in a rural town in Missouri, where he discovers the remarkable ability to heal people in unexpected and magical ways. While the results are amazing, many in the community soon wonder if Jordan will expect payback. Despite his medical success, Jordan, his wife and handicapped teenage son are confronted with frightening and unexpected opposition.
Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, Breana Cruz has great perceptive ability and could have been a curandera, or intuitive healer. Along with Jordan, they are recruited to the Proteus Project to hone and perfect their skills. Before long, however, they wonder if the Proteus Project is as benevolent as it appears, or has a darker side.
Through a journey of self-discovery and an examination of human character, Strange Miracles asks:
- What would you do with the gift of perception and the ability to change physical forms by intent alone?
- Can a person change, for better or worse, if they make the wrong choice?
- How can we use power selflessly and not be seduced by corruption?
- What does history teach us about miracles?
- Do miracles still happen? What are examples of everyday miracles?
"As a physician, I have seen the miracle of unexpected cancer remissions and cures of other diseases that defy explanation," says Dr. Krantz. "I believe there is a place of stillness where extraordinary things can be seen and heard that are often lost in the noise of human affairs and worries."
About Dr. Larry Krantz
Dr. Larry Krantz is a graduate of Cornell University, where he was an Honors English student, but went on to study medicine, becoming a physician and Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Colorado Medical School. He now writes fiction full time and teaches creative writing. He is the author of Dreams of Atlantis and Strange Miracles. Along with his wife and son, he enjoys the Rocky Mountains, biking, sports, fun, growing organic vegetables, sunshine, and meaningful conversations.