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Women are dying in Kerr Memorial Hospital. They are dying at an alarming rate from post-operative wound infections which are resistant to antibiotics and the authorities cannot find the source of the problem. As the situation threatens to get out of control, the hospital staff are under mounting pressure and nerves are stretched to breaking point.

The Home Office send an outsider, surgeon Scott Jamieson, to investigate and Jamieson soon finds himself in a maelstrom of accusation and counter-accusation. Is this outbreak the result of deliberate contamination or just a freak strain of bacteria? As he tiptoes through a minefield of explosive personalities, Jamieson begins to suspect that the truth might be far more horrific than anyone could have imagined in their worst nightmares.

Ken McClure is the internationally bestselling author of over twenty medical thrillers such as The Lazarus Strain, The Gulf Conspiracy, White Death and Dust to Dust. His books have been translated into twenty-five languages and he has earned a reputation for the accuracy of his predictions. McClure's work is informed by his background as an award-winning research scientist with the UK’s Medical Research Council.

This book was first published by Simon & Schuster Ltd. (UK) in 1994

Author's note: - 
This title introduced the concept of the Sci-Med Inspectorate - a small investigative unit located in the UK Home Office - which was to become the basis for my Dr Steven Dunbar series of novels.

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