The Doctor: A Novel
So begins The Doctor, a provocative, illuminating novel based on a true story about a brilliant female physician who is compelled to live as a man under the name James Miranda Barry. Patricia Duncker traces Barry's incredible life over the course of five decades and across three continents, from his cross-dressing child genius days to medical school in Edinburgh, Scotland; from his glorious career as a military surgeon to his adventures as a celebrated duelist and social figure known throughout the world.
This richly inventive and entertaining tale of dark family secrets, adultery, and colonial history is a transforming contemplation on the substance of gender, the power of will, and an unforgettable portrait of a brilliant mind.
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Review: The Doctor: A NovelUser Review - Sara Smith - Goodreads
The premise of this book caught my attention--a girl raised as a boy so that she could attend school and become a doctor. However, the flowery style of language that the book was written in was very distracting to me. I would've preferred a more straightforward story. Read full review
Review: The Doctor: A NovelUser Review - Reed Bilz - Goodreads
19th c girl raised as boy Read full review