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The book of madness and cures: a novel

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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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Grouping Titlebook of madness and cures
Grouping Authorregina omelveny
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Grouping LanguageEnglish (eng)
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display_descriptionGabriella Mondini is a rarity in 16th century Venice: a woman who practices medicine. Her father, a renowned physician, has provided her entree to this all male profession, and inspired in her a shared mission to understand the secrets of the human body. Then her father disappears and Gabriella faces a crisis: she is no longer permitted to treat her patients, women who need her desperately, without her father's patronage. She sets out across Europe to find where and why he has gone. Following clues from his occasional enigmatic letters, Gabriella crosses Switzerland, Germany and France, entering strange and forbidding cities. She travels to Scotland, the Netherlands, and finally to Morocco. In each new land she probes the mystery of her father's flight, and opens new mysteries of her own. Not just mysteries of ailments and treatments, but ultimate mysteries of mortality, love, and the timeless human spirit. The novel contains medical lore and sensuous, vivid details of Renaissance life.
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Aristocracy (Social class) -- Fiction
Europe -- History -- 16th century -- Fiction
Father-daughter relationship -- Fiction
Fathers and daughters -- Fiction
Historical fiction
Missing persons -- Italy -- Fiction
Mystery fiction
Quests (Expeditions) -- Fiction
Secrecy -- Fiction
Self-realization -- Fiction
Self-realization in women -- Fiction
Venice (Italy) -- History -- 1508-1797 -- Fiction
Venice (Italy) -- History -- Fiction
Women physicians -- Fiction
title_displayThe book of madness and cures : a novel
title_fullThe Book of Madness and Cures A Novel
The book of madness and cures : a novel / by Regina O'Melveny
title_shortThe book of madness and cures
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topic_facetAristocracy (Social class)
Father-daughter relationship
Fathers and daughters
Historical Fiction
Missing persons
Quests (Expeditions)
Self-realization in women
Women physicians