Thursday, August 09, 2012

3590 A physician in the 11th century

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Mart Gross, biologist, on what behaviors get noted or discounted:
"Theory determines what you see."


If cheerleading is a sport, and romping on a mat waving ribbons on a stick is a sport, how is ballet not a sport?  I don't understand.


I am now reading The Physician, by Noah Gordon, on the Kindle.  His novel Shaman,  based in the American west, in the 19th century, won the first James Fenimore Cooper Prize for Best Historical Fiction in 1993.  The Physician is also full of historical detail.  I have copied one of the reader reviews, as a description: 
This engrossing book traces the life of 11th century Englishman, Robert Cole. Cole begins as a normal child, is quickly orphaned, and is then apprenticed to a barber-surgeon. As he travels throughout England with his master, the reader is introduced to all aspects of English peasant life. Family life, morality, religion, sexuality, medicine, xenophobia and history are all presented in an interesting, subtle, and easily read writing style. When Cole grows up and decides to be a physician, he comes in contact with Jewish doctors who explain to him that the best universities are in Moslem-ruled Persia, where no Christian may go. Determined to learn, Cole overcomes this obstacle by pretending to be a Jew. As he travels and studies in Persia, the same questions of lifestyle are addressed, only this time within the Jewish and Moslem communities. This is a great read for anyone who likes adventurous stories about growing up, or who is interested in sociology, religion, medicine, or history.

Hard to tell on the Kindle, but it's apparently a big book, judging by the price for tree-based (new price/lowest used price).  Um, why is the paperback more expensive than the hardcover?

Kindle Edition $9.99  
Expand Hardcover --  
Expand Paperback --  
Mass Market Paperback --  

Yeouch!  I got it for $1.99 on one of those 24-hour sales.  It's so well written I'm running out of clean dishes and laundry.

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