Doctor and author Robin Cook is widely credited with
introducing the word "medical" to the thriller genre, and
twenty years after the publication of his breakthrough
novel, Coma, he continues to dominate the category
he created. Cook has successfully combined medical fact
with fantasy to produce a succession of New York Times
bestsellers, including Outbreak (1987),
Mindbend (1988), Mutation (1989), Harmful
Intent (1990), Vital Signs (1991),
Blindsight (1992), Terminal (1993), Fatal
Cure (1994), AcceptableRisk (1995),
Contagion (1996), Chromosome 6 (1997) and
In each of his novels, Robin Cook strives to write about
the issues at the forefront of current medical practice.
To date, he has explored issues such as organ donation,
genetic engineering, fertility treatment, in vitro
fertilization, research funding, managed care, drug
research, and organ transplantation. In VECTOR,
Cook explores an issue seemingly ripped from today's
headlines -- bioterrorism.
Cook says he chose to write thrillers because the form
gives him "an opportunity to get the public interested in
things about medicine they didn't seem to know about. I
believe my books are actually teaching people."
Coma was made into a successful feature film, and
Cook's novels have also been made into television
productions. In December 1993, CBS-TV aired "Robin Cook's
Harmful Intent"; in November 1994, NBC-TV aired "Robin
Cook's Mortal Fear"; in May 1995, NBC-TV aired "Robin
Cook's Virus," based on Outbreak; and in February
1996 NBC-TV aired "Robin Cook's Terminal." In addition to
1997's "Robin Cook's Invasion," NBC-TV has two other Cook
novels in production.
Robin Cook is a graduate of Columbia University Medical
School and finished his postgraduate medical training at
Harvard. He is currently on leave from the Massachusetts
Eye and Ear Infirmary. He divides his time between homes
in Boston and Florida.