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When nine-year-old Rob Cole felt the life force slipping from his mother's hand he could not foresee that this terrifying awareness of impending death was a gift that would lead him from the familiar life of 11th-century London to small villages throughout England and finally to the medical school at Ispahan. Though apprenticed to an itinerant barber surgeon, it is the dazzling surgery of a Jewish physician trained by the legendary Persian physician Avicenna that inspires him to accept his gift and to commit his life to healing by studying at Avicenna's school. Despite the ban on Christian students, Rob goes there, disguising himself as a Jew to gain admission. Gordon has written an adventurous and inspiring tale of a quest for medical knowledge pursued in a violent world full of superstition and prejudice. Recommended. Literary Guild alternate. Cynthia Johnson Whealler, Cary Memorial Lib., Lexington, Mass.
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“Populated by engaging characters, rich in incident and vivid in historical detail, [The Physician] is a pleasure.” —The New York Times
“[The Physician] has the flavor of Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth, but with a deeper character development and story arc . . . . An insightful and unforgettable read.” —Zoltaire’s Blog
“An adventurous and inspiring tale of a quest for medical knowledge pursued in a violent world full of superstition and prejudice.” —Library Journal
Really enjoyed the first part of this story about a poor young boy growing up to be a physician in medieval England. But the second half was almost a different novel. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Mitch McCrimmon
i wasn't able to download it on my Kobo but i was able to read it in book formPublished 5 months ago by mary ann phillipson
Not usually a fan of historical fiction but this was absolutely gripping. Loved it!Published 14 months ago by Juleza
This story had me hooked from the beginning. I found it interesting how resourceful the protagonist was in the various situations he experienced.Published 15 months ago by Connie Flett
Really enjoyed this book and was absorbed by the customs in different countries at that time in history. Read morePublished 20 months ago by S. Smith
Great book, excellent price. Do you consider selling a movie version of this book? It should be on market by the end of this year.Published 23 months ago by Ctibor Ustohal
Excellent historical fiction read. The only problem was that it didn't have real page numbers. I am looking forward to the next 2 in the series.Published on May 26 2013 by heather yard