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Genius on the Edge by Gerald Imber
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Jan 16, 2012

it was ok

This book was one of those reads that you can tell is written by a white man well before you even look up anything about who wrote the book. Any mention of women was matched with some sort of disparaging remark about how they looked or what the men thought of them. He presented subjective views as though they are fact, which is really irritating. For example, he wrote about Gertrude Stein failing at the medical school, and ended it by saying, "Much of her writing was obtuse, and though few believed her work to be as great as did she, much of it survived." I think that's a little arrogant and many people would quickly argue that point.

All in all, I'm glad I know more about who Halsted was, but I can't say the book was well-written or even very engaging. I'm not sure who I'd recommend this to...perhaps a surgery student.

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