Friday, July 10, 2020

Eight titles that will immerse you in medicine's long, messy past

Lydia Kang is an author of young adult fiction, adult fiction and non-fiction, and poetry. She graduated from Columbia University and New York University School of Medicine, completing her residency and chief residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. She is a practicing physician who has gained a reputation for helping fellow writers achieve medical accuracy in fiction.

Her most recent novel is Opium and Absinthe.

At CrimeReads, Kang tagged eight "books that have been shaped by medicine’s long and messy past." One title on the list:
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Medical details are woven throughout this sprawling, atmospheric story of twins (initially conjoined) born in Ethiopia to a nun and a physician in the 1950s. Verghese is a masterful storyteller and instills all the facets of humanity in the struggle for the twins, Shiva and Marion, to evolve and search for resolution in their conflict with each other. A gorgeous book.
Read about the other entries on the list.

Cutting for Stone is among Pushpinder Khaneka's three top books on Ethiopia and Louisa Ermelino's five recent "rugged, kick-ass, leg breaking, can’t get them out of your head" books.

--Marshal Zeringue