The Book of Madness and Cures by Regina O'Melveny
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|Fri, 02-15-2013 - 6:22am|
An amazing amount of research went into this book. Lots of wonderful historical details about locations, customs and medicines. But as a story the book fell flat for me.
Dr. Gabriella Mondini, a strong-willed, young Venetian woman, has followed her father in the path of medicine. She possesses a singleminded passion for the art of physick, even though, in 1590, the male-dominated establishment is reluctant to accept a woman doctor. So when her father disappears on a mysterious journey, Gabriella's own status in the Venetian medical society is threatened.
After ten years of missing his kindness, insight, and guidance, Gabriella decides to set off on a quest to find him--a daunting journey that will take her through great university cities, centers of medicine, and remote villages across Europe.