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An orphan leaves Dark Ages London, taking a dangerous journey and posing as a Jew to study medicine in Persia, in "an adventurous and inspiring tale" (Library Journal).
A child holds the hand of his dying mother and is terrified, aware something is taking her. Orphaned and given to an itinerant barber-surgeon, Rob Cole becomes a fast-talking swindler, peddling a worthless medicine. But as he matures, his strange gift - an acute sensitivity to impending death - never leaves him, and he yearns to become a healer.
Arab madrassas are the only authentic medical schools, and he makes his perilous way to Persia. Christians are barred from Muslim schools, but claiming he is a Jew, he studies under the world's most renowned physician, Avicenna. How the woman who is his great love struggles against her only rival - medicine - makes a riveting modern classic.
The Physician is the first book in New York Times best-selling author Noah Gordon's Dr. Robert Cole trilogy, which continues with Shaman and concludes with Matters of Choice.
©1986 Lise Gordon, Michael Seay Gordon and The Jamie Gordon Trust (P)2017 Audible, Inc.
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By Lilian Piruzan on 01-01-18

From a Persian

As a Persian woman, it was difficult to enjoy this book. Though well written and a worthy story, I found it historically and culturally inaccurate and at times offensive.
An example is the multiple mentions of Ebn Sīna as an Arab!
When in fact, he was Persian. It would be like calling DeSCartes a British ! Blasphemy !

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By Ben on 12-13-17

Enjoyable period piece

One of my favorite genres is historical fiction and more specifically books that take place in the middle ages. My review may be a little biased, but Noah Gordon really brings to life an interesting time period spanning Europe and Asia Minor. While many of the exact details are lost to history, there is a lot to learn within this book. I sometimes felt the story lacked climax, but in all it is a touching story and worth a read.

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