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CUTTING FOR STONE -still a Library bestseller!

Posted by on Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 - 12:50 PM

“What treatment in an emergency is administered by ear?’  The correct answer is “Words of comfort.”

Wouldn’t you like your doctor to ascribe to this? Abraham Verghese is Professor for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine and a strong advocate of the importance of bedside medicine and physical examination in a time when data in a computer often receive more attention than the patient in the bed.  In a recent Times article

Dr. Verghese is also an author with an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa. His first novel combines his knowledge of medicine with his history as an immigrant – an Indian born and raised in Ethiopia and a medical student in America – to tell a story of love and betrayal, compassion and redemption, exile and home. Across five decades in India, Ethiopia and America, the story begins with the birth of twin brothers – sons of a beautiful Indian nun and a brash, brilliant British surgeon. The mother dies and the father vanishes, but the boys are lovingly raised by others.  When the brothers fall in love with the same woman, one of them flees to America and eventually re-unites with his father.

This epic novel has had unusual popularity. Published in 2009, it has been in steady circulation at the Library and is a frequent book club choice. It is still on the New York Times bestseller list. If you missed it, reserve a copy or the audio book or download it to your Kindle at amazon. The title is part of the Library Speaking of Books collection, so your book club may reserve multiple copies. A discussion guide is available.

For more about the good doctor.



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