The Anatomy of Deception

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Black Swan, 2009 - English fiction - 474 pages
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Philadelphia, 1889

In the morgue of the city hospital, physicians uncover the corpse of a beautiful young woman. What they see takes their breath away.

Within days, one of the surgeons, Ephraim Carroll, strongly suspects that he knows the woman's identity. His investigations take him from the bloody and brutal medical world in which he practices and into the drawing rooms of Philadelphia's high society where he soon learns that nothing - and no one - is what they seem.

Plunged into a maze of deception and deadly secrets, Carroll is forced to choose between exposing a killer, undoing a terrible wrong, and, quite possibly, protecting the future of medicine itself.

Set in a world in which aspirin had not been invented, abortion was illegal, and pregnancy could result in agonising death, The Anatomy of Deception is an intriguing and richly atmospheric blend of history, early forensic science and knife-edge suspense.

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User Review  - ChristineEllei - LibraryThing

The story of a student doctor in the early 20th century who, involuntarily, gets involved in a murder investigation. The story was a good one, but for me, I enjoyed the "background" items in the story ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tammie Painter - Goodreads

This was a pretty good book that really gets you into the time period (late 1800s) and the lives of doctors trying to improve medical conditions. The mystery part of the novel (who's behind the ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

Lawrence Goldstone has been an actor, senior Wall Street executive, taxi driver, classified researcher, and teacher. He holds a PhD in American history, and his reviews, articles, and op-ed pieces have appeared in major newspapers across the United States. He is also the co-author, with his wife Nancy, of two critically acclaimed narrative histories of science in Europe.

He lives in Connecticut with his wife and daughter.

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