Shaman by Noah Gordon

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Shaman is the prize-winning second volume of Noah Gordon’s celebrated Cole trilogy. It is as great a reading experience as The Physician. A New York Times Notable Book.

Dr. Robert Judson Cole travels from his ravaged Scotland homeland, through the operating rooms of Boston, to the cabins of frontier Illinois. In the wilderness he befriends the starving remnants of the Sauk tribe, who have fled their reservation. In the process, he absorbs their culture and learns native remedies that enrich the classical medical education he received at Edinburgh University. He marries a remarkable settler woman he had saved from illness. The details of how their deaf son manages to become a physician also, despite his handicap, and the story of how the Cole family is sucked into the bloody vortex of the Civil War and survives, makes an exceptional reading experience.


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Published June 5, 2012 by Barcelona eBooks. 652 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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 Gordon (The Physician, The Jerusalem Diamond, etc.) offers two fictionalized generations of doctoring on the Illinois frontier from 1839 to 1865, covering such medical history as the advent of hygiene and anesthesia.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Shaman (Cole)

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In this quietly absorbing tale, set in 19th-century Illinois, a doctor raises a family and confronts racial injustice and religious prejudice. (Nov.)

Nov 01 1993 | Read Full Review of Shaman (Cole)

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In the New World, young Scottish physician Rob J. Cole seeks the justice and tolerance that seemed missing in the Old. But in Boston in 1839, where he assists surgeon Oliver Wendell Holmes, he finds t

Aug 31 1992 | Read Full Review of Shaman (Cole)

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