The Physician by Noah GordonThe Physician by Noah Gordon

The Physician

byNoah Gordon

Paperback | September 4, 2012

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An orphan leaves Dark Ages London to study medicine in Persia in this “rich” and “vivid” historical novel from a New York Times–bestselling author (The New York Times).

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–bestselling author Noah Gordon’s Dr. Robert Cole trilogy, which continues with Shaman and concludes with Matters of Choice.

Noah Gordon has had outstanding international success. The Physician, now a major motion picture, has been called a modern classic, and booksellers at the Madrid Book Fair voted it “one of the 10 best-loved books of all time.” Shaman was awarded the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for historical fiction. Both of these books, and five of th...
Title:The PhysicianFormat:PaperbackDimensions:768 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 2.05 inPublished:September 4, 2012Publisher:Barcelona Digital EditionsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1453271104

ISBN - 13:9781453271100


Rated 5 out of 5 by from An EXCELLENT book.... well researched. It brought to life a time of repressed learning and the striving for excellence in a era of superstition and distrust. It truly deserves the acclaim it has received. The characters were made to have human failings but redeemed through trial and error. It has a great mix of countries, beliefs, sadness, triumphs, and opulence-poverty of its time. Also, the book brought a tremendous gratefulness for NOT living in such a repressed society but sharing the joy of someone that did and survived.
Date published: 2014-01-26

Table of Contents

Part One: Barber's Boy
Part Two: The Long Journey
Part Three: Ispahan
Part Four: The Maristan
Part Five: The War Surgeon
Part Six: Hakim
Part Seven: The Returned

Editorial Reviews

“Gordon’s compelling novel recreates the 11th century so powerfully that the reader is propelled through its several hundred pages by a tidal wave of imagination and authentic detail.” —Publishers Weekly“Populated by engaging characters, rich in incident and vivid in historical detail, [The Physician] is a pleasure.” —The New York Times“[The Physician] has the flavor of Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth, but with a deeper character development and story arc . . . . An insightful and unforgettable read.” —Zoltaire’s Blog“An adventurous and inspiring tale of a quest for medical knowledge pursued in a violent world full of superstition and prejudice.” —Library Journal