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Posted September 13, 2008
The books is seprated into 12 different stories. Each story is a different generation in the family of Doctor Olaf Van Schuler. Each one has a doctor who is just about as crazy if not worse than the one before. Makes you appreciate modern medicine. There is a story of a brother who gives his sister a lobotomy, one story where the doctors daughter would rather work with insane prisoners than get married and start a family.
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Posted January 9, 2012
Beautiful, literary linked collection!
Doctor Olaf van Schuler's Brain is a tour de force. Not only is each of Kirsten Menger-Anderson's stories a gem in and of itself, but the collection as a timeline of the remarkably whacky whims of psychiatry over the years—blood- letting, lobotomies, and spontaneous combustion. The genetic outreaches of one remarkable family allow us to follow through the ages how different offspring have tested the fringes of medicine from the 1600s through the current time. Wonderful characters. Beautiful writing. A real page-turner!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 30, 2011
Interesting and different.
I recommend this book if you are a fan of weird but true medical history. Crazy to think they used to do this to people! I really liked the depth of some of the characters, definitely made the story flow. This was a quick read, had me fascinated from start to finish.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.