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An orphan leaves Dark Ages London, taking a dangerous journey and posing as a Jew to study medicine in Persia, in "an adventurous and inspiring tale" (Library Journal).

A child holds the hand of his dying mother and is terrified, aware something is taking her. Orphaned and given to an itinerant barber-surgeon, Rob Cole becomes a fast-talking swindler, peddling a worthless medicine. But as he matures, his strange gift - an acute sensitivity to impending death - never leaves him, and he yearns to become a healer.

Arab madrassas are the only authentic medical schools, and he makes his perilous way to Persia. Christians are barred from Muslim schools, but claiming he is a Jew, he studies under the world's most renowned physician, Avicenna. How the woman who is his great love struggles against her only rival - medicine - makes a riveting modern classic.

The Physician is the first book in New York Times best-selling author Noah Gordon's Dr. Robert Cole trilogy, which continues with Shaman and concludes with Matters of Choice.

©1986 Lise Gordon, Michael Seay Gordon and The Jamie Gordon Trust (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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From a Persian

As a Persian woman, it was difficult to enjoy this book. Though well written and a worthy story, I found it historically and culturally inaccurate and at times offensive.
An example is the multiple mentions of Ebn Sīna as an Arab!
When in fact, he was Persian. It would be like calling DeSCartes a British ! Blasphemy !

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Enjoyable period piece

One of my favorite genres is historical fiction and more specifically books that take place in the middle ages. My review may be a little biased, but Noah Gordon really brings to life an interesting time period spanning Europe and Asia Minor. While many of the exact details are lost to history, there is a lot to learn within this book. I sometimes felt the story lacked climax, but in all it is a touching story and worth a read.

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The origins of modern medicine

Would you consider the audio edition of The Physician to be better than the print version?

I rarely 'read' books any longer. Call me a kid at heart, but having someone read a story to me is one of my guilty pleasures. The reader's voice is compelling and his accent makes the book seem more authentic somehow.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the settings for the book and all the travel during a period in history when marauders made travel very dangerous. Going from the UK to Persia was traveling across the world. I enjoyed the plot and the characters tremendously and the differences in culture and beliefs added volumes to the story.

Any additional comments?

The second book is just as good as the first! Go ahead and download it today. You'll be glad that you did!

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Great story.

Wonderful historical fiction depicting life in the dark ages of Europe with comparison and contrast to the Islamic civilization. Interesting insights into the status of medicine and the condition of Jews of the era. Knocked a point off of narration which was otherwise excellent for many poor pronunciations of Medical and Hebrew words. I have no idea how he did in Persian pronunciation.

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Good read

Very detailed story. Sometimes too much detail. like many books the first 2/3 of the story takes for ever to get through, then the last several chapters rush the ending. Still enjoyable.

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despite the reader, it is a good book

I nearly returned the Boker. the narrator cant read. and his foreign pronunciation is bad