The Book of Madness and Cures: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Little, Brown, Apr 10, 2012 - Fiction - 336 pages
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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. Her father has left clues--beautiful, thoughtful, sometimes torrid, and often enigmatic letters from his travels as he researches his vast encyclopedia, The Book of Diseases.

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. Despite setbacks, wary strangers, and the menaces of the road, the young doctor bravely follows the clues to her lost father, all while taking notes on maladies and treating the ill to supplement her own work.

Gorgeous and brilliantly written, and filled with details about science, medicine, food, and madness, THE BOOK OF MADNESS AND CURES is an unforgettable debut.
  

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I received The Book of Madness and Cures as part of a Goodreads giveaway. I read this book (and wrote its review) quite some time ago; however, somehow it must not have gotten posted. Gabriella is a ... Read full review

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Gabriella is a sixteenth century woman doctor who journeys after her father, who departed home over ten years ago. Her travels take her through treacherous territory and dangerous villages. An ... Read full review

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Contents

Prologue
Gods Work or the Devils Machinations
Salt and Sweet Tears and Milk
Dr Cardanos House
A Tether
One Must Be Kind to Beasts
Before the Sea of Black Woods
The Widow Gudrun
Sorrow Be Banished
The Sap That Slows the World
The Mountains Are Full of Wonderful Creatures
Like Cures Like 
A Border Between Continents
My Fathers Keeper
We Are Housed by the Past
The Basin of the Dead

Fires That Never Burn
Dr Rainer Fuchs Professor of Botany
Where the Root Is in the House the Devil Can Do No Harm
Manifestations of Solar Madness
Lost Governance of the Whole
What Was Lost Was Returned
The Patient Owns the Remedy
The Vanishing Bend in the Path
To Make Way for the New
A Secret Accord
Make His Entrance Wide
Stitching Sky to Mountain
Braiding the Tides
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Contents
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Regina O'Melveny's poetry has been published widely in literary journals, garnering several prizes. She grew up at the edge of pungent chaparral in La Mesa, California, and chose to enroll at Callison College--a school of International Studies at the University of the Pacific--almost solely based upon the fact that the second year would be spent in India. Thus began her many extended travels that would later inspire The Book of Madness and Cures, her first novel. She lives in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

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