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 - Stefanie Mitchell Ebenal - Goodreads
For me, this book was very much about freedom and how gender, race, and social class affect what choices you can make, what careers you may pursue, and who you may become. I never fell in love with ... Read full review
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