“As a flight surgeon during Desert Storm, I learned a lot about the human cost of war”
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (PRWEB) November 09, 2015
Deadly wars are waged all across the globe on a daily basis and yet the average life expectancy continues to rise thanks to advances in medicine. Although the two ideas seem to be in direct conflict with one another, it’s only a matter of time before some enterprising mind finds a way to use one in service of the other.
In the futuristic thriller, “Thou Shalt Kill,” author Tom P. Brown imagines that exact scenario. The world is untenably overpopulated thanks to a stem cell research breakthrough that leads to dramatically increased life expectancies. Soon, an ethically charged concept is introduced: a chip is implanted in all citizens, automatically terminating life at one hundred years. Chips with remaining years become valuable currency, and there’s no better way to make a profit than to harvest chips from fallen soldiers on the battleground.
Brown, a doctor of osteopathic medicine and a veteran of the Gulf War, was inspired to write the book during his service in the Middle East.
“As a flight surgeon during Desert Storm, I learned a lot about the human cost of war,” Brown said. “I couldn’t help but think about all the ways in which the destruction on the battlefield could have been redirected to other causes, and that idea made its way into my book.”
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About the author
Tom P. Brown attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, graduating in 1987. After US Navy Flight Surgeon Training in Pensacola, Florida, he was attached to a frontline Marine Helicopter Air Group during Desert Storm as a flight surgeon and personally witnessed the reality of war. He has been published on various medical subjects in Physician and Sports Medicine, Post Graduate Medicine, and Medscape.com and has maintained a keen interest in stem cell research.
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