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Medicine Men

2.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  69 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
“A painful and hilarious send-up of grandiose doctors and their barbaric medical miracles. . . . A postmodern Jane Austen romp.” – The Boston Globe

In a novel that brilliantly conjures up the resilience of the human spirit, Alice Adams draws a clear-eyed portrait of a woman who must overcome her resistance to the help offered by others.

Molly Brenner suffers from guilt a
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ebook, 288 pages
Published June 8th 2011 by Vintage (first published 1997)
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Denise Hlavka
Another Alice Adams. The jacket blurb led me to believe this would be much more a closer look at the journey of cancer treatment, but instead was more about the personality of doctors. I found it dated and sexist, which many be reflective of the time...the 90's, but it was difficult to find much empathy for the characters. Doctors really come off as total jerks, interested only in their godlike powers, and totally detached from what their patients say or feel. The protagonist, Molly Bonner, seem ...more
Rosanne Swiatek
Just OK. Wandering theme, not a page-turner. I was actually more distracted by the author's overuse of punctuation marks, especially commas, colons, semi-colons, and parentheses. Take these keys off her computer and the book would be half as long. The book centers around two friends and their relationships with doctors. One of the friends is afflicted with a rare cancer but the reader is left wondering how all this eventually turns out. Then the focus changes to two other women, one of them a do ...more
Karen
Nov 08, 2010 Karen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh! This one was hard to read. It was the literary achievement of publish your own boring journal. The medical information was half cooked. Where things could have gotten interesting, it appeared that the author didn’t really have adequate knowledge on the subject to make her story interesting.

I found the grammar exceeding difficult to comprehend. Sentences seemed non-sense, until I read and re-read them with different punctuation. I found world capitalized in the middle of sentences, which mad
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April
Sep 25, 2014 April rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book, but I didn't love it. It was compelling enough for me to keep reading, but not compelling enough to really excited me. I enjoyed it, but not overwhelmingly so. The title is apt because the book basically focuses on three women: Molly, Felicia, and Connie and how they relate to doctors: as patients, as wives, and as mistresses. The doctors in question have a variety of personalities. Dave is chauvinistic and overbearing. Raleigh "Sandy" Sanderson is just a womanizing jerk. Ther ...more
kristy
Aug 05, 2016 kristy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Very dated
Marguerite
I need a second opinion. Alice Adams wins high praise, generally, but Medicine Men didn't do anything for me. The characters are heavily stereotyped, the plot moves around like a Spirograph (the partner-swapping in particular just isn't credible) and male doctors and medical facilities are painted with a broadly unflattering brush. It felt like a soap opera about halfway in. I kept reading, hoping that Adams would off a character or two. No such luck.
Pam
Mar 25, 2011 Pam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not the greatest.
Very uncomplimentary toward doctors and was supposed to be funny I think. Unfortunately, a lot of it was probably more true to life than we would like to think. Hopefully times have changed since the 90's and the doctors have learned to be more patient friendly and the patients have learned to speak up and get involved in their own care.
The story didn't really go anywhere.
Would make a good comedy movie probably.
Masika
Aug 29, 2008 Masika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty strange book, but I enjoyed it. It focused, maybe to much, on the perceptions and stigmas Doctors of all kinds have. Although, I totally agree with some of the stereotypes of Doctors, I found it to get a little tiring after I read half of the book.
The main character in the book is somewhat neurotic, but I guess we all are, on some level.
Amy
Oct 10, 2007 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The jacket cover description is way off...This book was not what I expected. I kept reading it hoping it would get better but it never did. Apparently nurses are supposed to please the doctors after a surgery and a common name for us is 'girl'. I would not recommend this book :(
Jane Gehr
Jul 04, 2012 Jane Gehr rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, that's two days of my life I'll never get back. Not a single likable character, nobody learned anything, and the telling was disjointed and confusing. Don't waste your time.
Tracy
Jun 19, 2009 Tracy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Do you like stories where old man doctors sneak into ladies' gardens and pee in the bushes? Why, you'll love this book!
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Apr 12, 2011 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Alice Adams was an American novelist, short story writer, academic and university professor.

She was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia and attended Radcliffe College, graduating in 1946. She married, and had a child, but her marriage broke up, and she spent several years as
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