The Anatomy of Deception

The Anatomy of Deception

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In the tradition of Caleb Carr'sThe Alienistand Matthew Pearl'sThe Dante Club, this mesmerizing forensic thriller thrusts the reader into the operating rooms, drawing rooms, and back alleys of 1889 Philadelphia, as a doctor grapples with the principles of scientific process to track a daring killer. In the morgue of a Philadelphia hospital, physicians uncover the corpse of a beautiful young woman. What they see takes their breath away. Within days, one doctor, Ephraim Carroll, strongly suspects that he knows the woman's identity. . .and the horrifying events that led to her death. But in this richly atmospheric debut novel -- an ingenious blend of history, suspense, and early forensic science -- the most compelling chapter is yet to come, as the young doctor is plunged into a maze of murder, secrets, and unimaginable crimes. Peopled with vibrant real-life characters such as Canadian William Osler, hailed as the Father of Modern Medici≠ famed surgeon William Stewart Halsted, who performed the first emergency blood transfusion and invented surgical gloves; and the controversial painter Thomas Eakins,The Anatomy of Deceptionbrings to life a little-known and exciting turning-point in American medical history, when ignorant butchery gave way to intelligent surgery--and a young doctor is forced to confront an agonizing moral choice between exposing a killer, undoing a wrong, and, quite possibly, protecting the future of medicine itself.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780385665094
Branch Call Number: GOL
Characteristics: 342 pages ; 24 cm


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sfoos Jan 29, 2012

It's an interesting plot but a little slow moving.

Nov 24, 2011

Not something I would usually read but I picked this up from the 'recommended' shelf and glad I did. Historical fiction is my thing and I really enjoyed this book - both the storyline and also for reasons of historical interest. Found out at the end that all the characters actually lived in America in the 1800s so that made it all the more intriguing...

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