About 4 years ago, I read an article in The New Yorker about a company, Theranos, that was revolutionizing the blood testing business with technology that could run multiple assays with a portable device using blood from a fingerstick. Impressed, I was eager to see this technology become available for my patients. Years later, I found this book, a behind-the-scenes look at Theranos, based on exhaustive research, including interviews with former employees and board members, emails, and documents from legal proceedings. The author is a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and is widely credited with breaking the Theranos story; the company, in its drive to raise money and secure contracts, failed to disclose that the technology itself did not work. The narrative style and detailed caricatures make this book feel more like a novel than a true version of events; it is...

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