What a wonderful book. I saw the series first and wondered if the book had more to add and it did. Some of the events that happened were consolidatedWhat a wonderful book. I saw the series first and wondered if the book had more to add and it did. Some of the events that happened were consolidated in the TV series so it was interesting to read "the rest of the story." It is amazing to read about conditions in the 1950's. I would have put some of them in the 1800's. I can't believe they existed in recent history.
The characters in the book were perfectly represented in the series. I don't know how BBC found the perfect Chummy and Sister Evangeline, but they did. I know that I'll be reading this series again....more
At first this book jumped around quite a bit and was hard to follow, but after a few chapters, it settled down. The book centers around the village ofAt first this book jumped around quite a bit and was hard to follow, but after a few chapters, it settled down. The book centers around the village of Kapchorwa in Uganda where there has been an outbreak of Ebola which has become airborne. Four college students are in the village helping to educate the street kids and to provide medical assistance, when the outbreak happens. At the same time, a group of radicalized young terrorist have been brought together for training and eventually are led to Kapchorwa while it is in the midst of the outbreak. The terrorist plan to take advantage of this plague to wreak vengeance on the developed nations whom they see as oppressing them. This is well written and fast paced. I enjoyed it and can hardly wait until the sequel comes out. ...more
This book was excellent, albeit frightening. It is a concise description of the history of viruses, the major ones we face today and the potential virThis book was excellent, albeit frightening. It is a concise description of the history of viruses, the major ones we face today and the potential viruses which can transfer from animals to humans. It is technical without being unreadable. There are fascinating examples which illustrate some of the more difficult concepts and solid information about what is being done now and what should be done in the future.
There are a lot of topics mentioned in the book that I wanted to know more about and I don't think the book is meant to be definitive on the subject by any means, but it is a very good introduction to the subject and It's a book I think everyone should read....more
This is a charming series similar to James Herriot's "All Creatures Great and Small." It features the newly qualified GP, Doctor Barry Laverty, who isThis is a charming series similar to James Herriot's "All Creatures Great and Small." It features the newly qualified GP, Doctor Barry Laverty, who is currently being supervised by Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly in the small village of Ballybucklebo. Like the Harriot's book, the village is charming and the cases are interesting. In this secong book, Barry is under a cloud because of the death of a patient. Could he have overlooked the symptoms which lead to his death? His widow thinks so, so Barry is anxious for the autopsy which will either clear him or end his career before it began.
Add to this some wonderful village characters, an intrigue or 2 and marvelous housekeeper who tries to keep the two men in line and you have an enjoyable and interesting comfort read which can be enjoyed over and over....more
This was a fascinating story. It is the beginning of a series about Dr. Thomas Silkstone who was a pioneer in forensic medicine. The story takes placeThis was a fascinating story. It is the beginning of a series about Dr. Thomas Silkstone who was a pioneer in forensic medicine. The story takes place in Victorian times and it involves a man who seemed to have been poisoned by strychnine mixed in a tonic he took daily. At the time, there weren't tests to analyze different components in a mixture. There also wasn't a catalog of different substances and their effects on the different parts of the body.
The story was about a young Earl, Lord Edward Crick, who was an dissolute young man of 21 who had contracted syphilis when he was 14. He was given a tonic by a local doctor and he died with symptoms that resembled strychnine, however there didn't seem to be any strychnine in the tonic.
A young Anatomist, Dr. Silkstone from Philadelphia is called on by the dead man's sister, partially because the prime suspect is her husband. Through a lot of twists and turns and several more murders, he is finally able to find out who the real killer was.
I listened to this audiobook on a trip from Florida to Virginia and it was the perfect length and kept me engaged for the whole trip. It is the beginning of a series and it looks to me like it is going to be a good one....more
This was a fascinating book! It answered many of the questions I have had about people who commit horrible crimes. It is actually a book about how theThis was a fascinating book! It answered many of the questions I have had about people who commit horrible crimes. It is actually a book about how the brain develops and what happens when something goes terribly wrong in the early years of brain growth. The early experiences of children determine how there brains will grow. If the are given no stimulation or are traumatized, the early brain can't develop properly and every additional experience will be influenced by the missing stages.
I've read a lot of books about feral children, serial killers, sociopaths and psychotics in an attempt to figure out what makes them the way they are. Most of what I have read is limited to what they do instead of why. I keep looking for the missing link. This book is the closest to an answer as I have found. The author uses a medical model of brain development to explain the changes in the brain from trauma or isolation and yet leaves room for individual personality. To me this is the key to why not all children who experience this kind of trauma go on to become murders, serial killers and predators.
As someone else mentioned in a review, this book has made me more compassionate towards people who do heinous things and yet made me more aware of why they cannot be trusted to be free among us. The case of Leon was the best example. Guilty of the rape and murder of two young girls, Dr. Perry was called on to give a pre-sentencing report to decide if his sentence was life in prison or the death penalty. Dr. Perry found that Leon had been left alone in an apartment all day long, day after day. He had no stimulation or love which impaired his ability to relate to others. Sadly, it was a vicious circle for him. He was unlovable because he wasn't loved in infancy but he couldn't get love from the people around him because he was unlovable. He developed into a brutal young man with no conscience and low impulse control. He was damaged by his childhood, but he turned into a man who could not be allowed to live in society. Dr. Perry does not say what happened in his sentencing, but I would have given him life in prison without parole....more
I loved this book! The narrator was a patient in the famous Highland Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina; the hospital where Zelda Fitzgerald died iI loved this book! The narrator was a patient in the famous Highland Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina; the hospital where Zelda Fitzgerald died in a tragic fire in 1948. Lee Smith is such a talented author and she has caught the right voice to tell the stories of the people in this book. All their personalities ring true. The book traces Evalina Toussaint who is plagued with an unspecified mental disorder. She comes to the hospital when she is quite young and meets Zelda right when she first arrived. Like Zelda, Evalina has to return to the hospital more than once, so she is able to chronical the lives of several of the patients. This is a fascinating look at the lives of mental patients and the treatments which were available during the time period. ...more