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4.23  ·  Rating details ·  2,459 ratings  ·  83 reviews
Someday the town of Hambledon might forget the lies they told about their brilliant young doctor. But they could never forgive the truths he told about them.
From this compelling story of a doctor at war with the world he has been taught to heal, Taylor Caldwell has fashioned a novel of an unforgettable, angry idealist -- a novel in which the drama of new medical frontiers
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Paperback, 704 pages
Published May 12th 1984 by Fawcett Books (first published 1968)
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Joy D
Set in 1901 in a small town near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, protagonist Dr. Jon Ferrier has been acquitted of the murder of his wife but has been convicted in the “court of public opinion.” Her death involved a botched abortion. Due to the continued gossip, innuendo, and lies being spread about him, he has decided to sell his practice and move away. Dr. Robert Morgan has bought the practice and is accompanying Dr. Ferrier on his rounds to become acquainted with the patients. The plot revolves ...more
Maura
Jun 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is one of my all-time favorites. Read this so many years ago and re-read it every so often. Set in the early 1900's, it tells the story of Jonathan Ferrier, the once-respected doctor of a small Pennsylvania town. His reputation is now in shreds due to the death of his young and very beautiful wife Mavis as the result of a botched abortion, for which Jonathan was arrested and tried. Acquitted of the crime, he is haunted by the past and in the process of selling his practice to a new doctor ...more
Andrea (Catsos Person) is a Compulsive eBook Hoarder
I have been a voracious reader since childhood and I read this after viewing the miniseries of this book on TV. I don't really remember the miniseries all that well but I did end up reading the book after viewing the TV program while I Was a youngster in the 70s. This particular miniseries was never made into a DVD as far as I know. However, over the years I must have reread this book 100s of times. This is my #1 favorite book for all time. The story of the complex protagonist Jonathan Ferrier ...more
Jen
Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm giving it a 3- I think that I read it for the first time about 40 years ago, and it was one of my favourite books for many years. Re-reading it as an adult was a different story- it's still a good (if long) story, but I can see more faults than I used to. It certainly has a point of view, with very long preaching sections to emphasize it. It's difficult to find characters that aren't remarkably self-righteous about everything. I still do love the medical storyline- it was not an easy switch ...more
Madly Jane
Loved this book. I have my old copy which is yellowed, pages are dog-eared, notes in the margin. How it changed my life as a young girl. It's the book where I thought, "I might write a novel."
Philip
Apr 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Very nice to see this book so highly regarded here. It was the first novel by Taylor Caldwell that I read, back in 1972, I believe. I've re-read it twice since then. It's a powerful story with the author's traditional emotional and scenic detail, a fascinating story peopled with fascinating characters and relationships. Regrettably it's out-of-print at this time, along with almost all of Caldwell's other works. With the current interest in historical novels, I'd like to see some of her books ...more
LJ
Feb 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Prod Desc: Someday the town of Hambledon might forget the lies they told about their brilliant young doctor. But they could never forgive the truths he told about them. From this compelling story of a doctor at war with the world he has been taught to heal, Taylor Caldwell has fashioned a novel of an unforgettable, angry idealist -- a novel in which the drama of new medical frontiers becomes part of a sweeping chronicle of love, death, desire, and redemption.

I was introduced to the wonderful
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Tam May
Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This is my first book by Caldwell and I was a bit disappointed. There are some interesting aspects of character here, but I found most of the characters to be unlikeable. Jonathan could have been a very interesting character and he is complex but his constant misanthropic comments about human nature got on my nerves very quickly. I wasn't impressed with the other characters either, especially Jenny, as it seemed like she was trying to be passed off as just shy and isolated but she came
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Richard Booth
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Testimony of Two Men is another remarkable novel by Taylor Caldwell. Her protagonist, a relatively young physician, is filled with rage that he was accused of the murder of his wife, even though he was officially found not guilty in court. How much can he take, or should a man be able to take? Due to his unresolved rage at having been betrayed and confused about his feelings toward his elusive beloved, he tends to treat almost everyone badly. He doesn't develop a sense of the tolerance (rather ...more
Angie
Feb 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I didn't love it, but didn't hate it.
Kurt Keefner
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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I might have more to say about this novel later. For now I'll say it's a great story about a larger-than-life physician trying to survive being moral (when he isn't being outrageously cynical) in an immoral world. Jonathan Ferrier is like all the positive characters in The Fountainhead rolled into a ball and kicked across the county.
Graham
Nov 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Graham by: Lesley
Gripping reading. I found the characters fascinating and the insight into the nature of people really exciting.

Didn't enjoy parts of the book - once or twice (not often), it was a little slow; also I felt some of the violence and sex described was unnecessarily crude or graphic.
Pamela
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorites. I’ve read it probably 4 times over the years since I first read it in the early 1980s.
Holly Weiss
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buddy read with Linda.
Richard Booth
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Testimony of Two Men is another remarkable novel by Taylor Caldwell. Her protagonist, a relatively young physician, is filled with rage that he was accused of the murder of his wife, even though he was officially found not guilty in court. How much can he take, or should a man be able to take? Due to his unresolved rage at having been betrayed and confused about his feelings toward his elusive beloved, he tends to treat almost everyone badly. He doesn't develop a sense of the tolerance (rather ...more
Patricia Ibarra
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Jonathan Ferrier was tried for the murder of his wife and unborn child, and was acquitted. Nevertheless, the people in his village, where he has worked and treated them all his life, have turned against him, certain that he is guilty. Accordingly, he has decided to leave as soon as his replacement, Robert Morgan, gets acquainted with his practice to whom he has sold. Ferrier is an excellent and modern doctor, with a keen eye for his diagnoses, which usually disagree with what older doctors ...more
Jude
May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It's been 45 years since I first read Testimony of Two Men, so I wasn't sure if it would live up to the memories. Just as good the 2nd time around! While I certainly remembered the gist of the story, there were so many details that I had forgotten over the years that it held me captive, once again.

This author does have a tendency to get overly long in her descriptions, but it's easy to skim where those descriptions are not important to the plot. This does not detract from the story, in the long
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Daniel
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dr, Jonathon Ferrier is an angry doctor that lives in a small Pennsylvania town at the turn of the twentieth century. He was acquitted of his wife's murder but many in the town believe he is guilty. His nasty demeanor and his inflexible belief in right and wrong doesn't endear him to the people around him. The town plots against him but a few men that don't particularly like him, but respect him, and know he is innocent of all malicious gossip against him help him.
Ms Caldwell doesn't have much
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Zhiqing
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this from the first page to the last. This is Peyton Place and Tennessee Williams plays (and a little bit of Pride and Prejudice) all rolled into one, depicting the small town life at the turn of the 20th century, with its prejudices and all that pent up tension. The hero of the book, Jonathan Ferrier, is simply magnificent, and the evolution of medicine around that time was fascinating to read.
Dina
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My review won't do it justice. Suffice it to say, that last 2 days that I've swallowed this book, I had felt the happiest I felt in the past year. But where will I find Jonathan to marry - that is the real question? A historical novel disguised as a love story - I must say - there is not a book of Taylor Caldwell that didn't make me believe in God.
truenorth
Nov 30, 2019 rated it liked it
I don't know what kind of review to write for this book. Quite dramatic and characters are a little overdone, but that does make for very interesting reading. A bit oversmart at times with all the references to intellectual 'coolness'.
Carleen
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Taylor Caldwell's "Testimony of Two Men" is a wonderful book. This is my second time around. I read it when it first came on on the shelves. 50 years later, it still has you think about man's humanity. Very timely.
Georgia
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book from the beginning. It's about a doctor who is accused of murdering his wife.
We learn about him, his commitment to medicine and helping others. This book is very long with a lot of descriptions, philosophical dissertations and becomes tiring towards the end.
Adam Collins
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating look at human nature

I'll rarely read a book more than once, yet I've read this three times over a 40 year period. It is a fascinating story that dives into turn of the century medicine.
Shelley Alongi
Jan 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
Standard Taylor Caldwell sometimes I can read through her novels but this one I just couldn’t finish because it just seemed to go on forever about the same old things.
Donna
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable read

An enjoyable read and an interesting study of human nature. There was a miniseries made of this years ago; I think I'll see if it's available on Amazon!
Alex Cetra
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Outstanding writing. Good novel. Definitely a good read!
Saubertk
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Long and wordy, but very well-written tale of a brash 1900 doctor, scorned by the town for a murder he did not commit, and his relationships. Seemed like an interesting old-fashioned classic to me.
Barbara
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had forgotten about Taylor Caldwell. I remember reading some of her books and somehow missed this one. I liked it.
Judith Jones
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been reading Taylor Caldwell's books for many years and I am so glad she wrote as many books as she did. I do not know if I will ever get to the end but I love her books. There is always some little nugget to be gotten as you read and the history that she writes about has always put me right in the middle of her story and it is just like I am there. I especially loved testimony of two men and I was thrilled to find some of her books for kindle that I had not already read. I think everyone ...more
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Also known by the pen names Marcus Holland and Max Reiner.

Taylor Caldwell was born in Manchester, England. In 1907 she emigrated to the United States with her parents and younger brother. Her father died shortly after the move, and the family struggled. At the age of eight she started to write stories, and in fact wrote her first novel, The Romance of Atlantis, at the age of twelve (although it
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