The heart specialist : a novel /

Set in Quebec at the turn of the 19th to 20th century, the story of Agnes White, a lonely orphaned girl fascinated by the "wrong" things--microscopes, dissections, and anatomy instead of more ladylike interests--who rises to the status of one of the world's most celebrated pioneering...

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Main Author: Rothman, Claire, 1958-
Format: Book
Language:English
Published:New York : Soho Press, c2011.
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Main Author:Rothman, Claire, 1958-
Summary:Set in Quebec at the turn of the 19th to 20th century, the story of Agnes White, a lonely orphaned girl fascinated by the "wrong" things--microscopes, dissections, and anatomy instead of more ladylike interests--who rises to the status of one of the world's most celebrated pioneering women doctors. Not only does she break through patriarchal academic barriers; she masters the science of the human heart, becoming a scholar of international fame, all in a place and time inimical to intelligent women. Inspired by the career of Maude Abbott, one of Canada's first female physicians.

Agnes White is fascinated by the wrong things - microscopes, dissections, anatomy. A lonely orphan raised by her prim grandmother at the turn of the 20th century, Agnes is haunted by vague memories of her father, a renowned Montreal physician who disappeared after being accused of her sister's murder. Agnes is determined to follow in his footsteps as a doctor, even though medical schools are closed to women. Against the odds, she becomes a world-renowned specialist of the human heart. But the void caused by her father's disappearance means that she needs to fix her own.

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General Notes:Originally published: Canada : Cormorant Books, 2009.
Physical Description:325 p. ; 22 cm.
ISBN:9781569479452 (hbk.)
1569479453 (hbk.)
Author Notes:

Claire Holden Rothman is a Montreal writer and translator. After early training as a lawyer, she taught college literature and creative writing at McGill University. Rothman's short fiction has appeared in numerous literary periodicals. She has published two story collections, Salad Days and Black Tulips. Longlisted for Canada's prestigious Scotia Bank-Giller Prize, The Heart Specialist is a Canadian bestseller and will soon be released in Italy, Germany, the UK, and French Canada.

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