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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
Once in a while, a good women's book sets the bar for a highly original plot that doesn’t fall into the typical boy-meets-girl trope. A Medical Affair: A Story That Must Be Told by Anne McCarthy Strauss is one such story. Thirty-eight-year-old Heather Morrison is baffled by why she contracted asthma when she never had it before. Dr. Jeff Davis, her attending physician, tells her that she has a classic case of environmental asthma as a result of her newly-painted condominium at West 79th where she recently moved. As her new ailment requires follow-up appointments, this develops into something intimate. Dr. Davis is already married so the two agree on a consensual relationship, one that violates the ethics surrounding doctor and patient relationship. As boundaries are broken, this affair will shatter Heather, one that she will escalate into a court battle.
Is it okay for a doctor to have a relationship with a patient? This is the million-dollar question that the novel tries to answer, and it will surprise you. Indeed, Anne McCarthy Strauss has written a well-researched moral romance story that will give you something to think about. It has an ending that you least expect, but perhaps the author intended it to lend even more realism to her story. It is an incisive exploration of what could possibly happen if you develop feelings for a professional who has a moral responsibility toward you, as in a case of an affair between a teacher and a student. All things considered, Strauss leaves no stone unturned in addressing the ramifications of this affair, especially documented and recorded approaches to protect one’s position. A Medical Affair is a powerful story that I highly recommend.