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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Fantastically written, excellent detail of geography. He makes you feel as if your there.

This book was incredible, a must read. Early history in England, the story of a boy who has an incredible gift to tell life from death by the touch of a hand and how he learned to use it for the betterment of the art of doctoring. Rob J. Cole becomes a savior to the fu...
This book was incredible, a must read. Early history in England, the story of a boy who has an incredible gift to tell life from death by the touch of a hand and how he learned to use it for the betterment of the art of doctoring. Rob J. Cole becomes a savior to the future of the medical world but his relentless persuit to become the best physician he can be. His travels and mishaps are intertaining and well as tear jerkers, and yet you leave him wishing he was a part of your life. I also reccomend 'Shaman.' These are just awsome books to say the least. Treat yourself, read them!

posted by Anonymous on October 9, 2000

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

A slow read

Noah Gordon has written a well-researched masterpiece, but the reader can't come to the book casually. This is a book that requires time, sustained interest, and patience to reap the full rewards.

posted by Sam62 on January 18, 2013

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  • Posted December 5, 2011

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    Good Story - Not Great

    This book was a near-miss for me. I give the author props for clearly doing a great deal of research on the time period (Middle Ages). The story of a young barber-surgeon's odyssey to become a trained physician is told in a linear, straightforward way. But the gripping quality of Gary Jennings (The Journeyer; Raptor), Ken Follett (Pillars of the Earth), or even Taylor Caldwell (Dear and Glorious Physician), which is so necessary for an epic tale, is simply missing. The writing is workmanlike in this book, but lacks the compelling power it needs - at least to sustain my interest.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2009

    Simply a masterpiece, and a statement proved

    One of my favorite authors once stated that the historic noval was one of the best introductions to history. In "The Physician" we have the proof. It opens the eye to a whole area of history and culture and attitudes that most of us have never been aware of and which influence our world today. The characters and situation developement, the attention to historical detail and background, are insightful. But it is the magic of simply a well told story, that make this one of the great reads of all time. Once read, it will never be forgotten. I first read this story a dozen years ago, and for a number of reasons, have dipped into its pages over the years. A conversation with a friend a couple of days ago brought it once more to mind. I am going to enjoy the magic once more.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2008

    It was exactly what the cover said it would be

    This arthor brought in many details of the midieval Chistian Jewish and Muslum cultures. He did not gloss over the good or bad. This time saw medicine in it's infancy. Belief and taboos were explored. Iwill read his other books. He packed a lot in the 700 pages.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2006

    Great Story

    I have read most of Gordon's other books and find him to be a great author in the tradition of Uris, Jennings, Clavell and Michener. His characters are well drawn and the story is compelling. This caliber of historical fiction is not being written much these days.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2000

    Fantastically written, excellent detail of geography. He makes you feel as if your there.

    This book was incredible, a must read. Early history in England, the story of a boy who has an incredible gift to tell life from death by the touch of a hand and how he learned to use it for the betterment of the art of doctoring. Rob J. Cole becomes a savior to the future of the medical world but his relentless persuit to become the best physician he can be. His travels and mishaps are intertaining and well as tear jerkers, and yet you leave him wishing he was a part of your life. I also reccomend 'Shaman.' These are just awsome books to say the least. Treat yourself, read them!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2013

    A beautifully told and compelling story...Rob J. Cole is now a c

    A beautifully told and compelling story...Rob J. Cole is now a classic literary figure!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

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    A slow read

    Noah Gordon has written a well-researched masterpiece, but the reader can't come to the book casually. This is a book that requires time, sustained interest, and patience to reap the full rewards.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2012

    Outstanding Book

    This book ranks as one of the best 10 books on my lifetime reading list. If you have any interest in history or medicine you will enjoy this book. The characters are good, the story is good. Each time I picked the book up I had to set a specific amount of reading time, then make myself put it down.
    The second and third books in the trilogy are not worth the time, but don't miss "The Physician".

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2004

    Fun read

    I just finished The Physician and I was pleased. It's a hybrid somewhere between Gary Jennings' 'Journeyer' and Ken Follet's 'Pillars of the Earth', and although not quite as good as either it is still very entertaining and if you like either of those books, I recommend this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2003

    Good work

    I just finished reading this book in Vietnamese (which was translated from German, 'Der Medicus'). I was mesmerized by all the details, both historical and fictional. As a doctor, I also enjoyed the incorporated history of medicine as well. I plan to re-read this work again in English.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2000

    One of the books one must have read...

    This was an awesome book. The settings are described in such a detail that I meant the author visited the places by himself. A personal story about a young man who gives up nearly everything to reach for his dream: becoming a physician. On his journey to Persia the advance medicine is not the only thing he learns... Grabbing, exciting, authentic!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2000

    Totally Fascinating!

    This book was meant to fill some time this summer for me, but it turned out to be a fast and exciting read! The historical and cultural feel of this work is all encompassing. I could close my eyes and feel that I was in the midst of Rob learning the barber- surgeon trade, then travelling to Ispahan with him. Ultimately, I was most upset that this book had a final page, I wanted it to continue for many more stories of the Cole journey. I would like to herald Mr. Gordon for his style and skill, and will be reading the remaining works he has created. This book has made me hungry again for the fun, adventuresome read. Thank you Noah Gordon!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 1999

    I couldn't put it down

    A wonderfully woven story and adventure, with all the elements. I loved learning some history of medicine, and of the times. I really enjoyed it, and will be reading his other books. Look out for his latest: The last Jew (El utlimo judio, on Spanish BOL).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2014

    Incredible detail

    Loved the story

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  • Posted August 7, 2014

    Excellent historical novel...highly recommended

    I loved this book. It started out a bit slow, but quickly pulled me in and held me right to the end. It is an amazing historical novel that delves deeply int not only medical history but life in Europe and the middle east 1000 years ago! It gave me a bit more understanding of some of issues we still face today over religious conflict and intolerance of opposing viewpoints. A must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2014

    Great story for history readers!

    I really enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2014

    Hard to put down.   If you like historical fiction this is a gre

    Hard to put down.   If you like historical fiction this is a great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    recommend for people interested in history.

    I am very glad I read this book. I am interested in the "ancient world" and life then. There was a great deal of great research done for this. It presents a very different view of life in the East.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2014

    I read this book a few years back and without a doubt one of the

    I read this book a few years back and without a doubt one of the best books I have read - I fabulous story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    Very interesting, can't put it down.

    The story moves and is not plagued with too much description which goes on and on. Don't be mislead by the number of pages.

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