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Overview

Robert J. Cole, the doctor and hero of The Physician, left an enduring legacy. From the 11th century on, the eldest son in each generation of the Cole family has borne the same first name and middle initial, and many of these men have been blessed not only with their ancestor’s diagnostic skill but with a “sixth sense.”Now, in Shaman, the scene shifts to the 19th century… We meet Dr. Robert Judson Cole, fleeing from his native Scotland for the New World to practice medicine in Boston and to learn the healing powers of the Sauk Indians. And we follow the career of his son, Robert Jefferson Cole — Shaman to everyone who knows him — and his family as they are drawn, along with the rest of America, into the conflict between North and South. By turns tender and gritty, Shaman is a family saga of epic proportions: a vivid depiction of two physicians and the women they love, of brutal murder, and of medicine as it emerges from the dark centuries. Winner of the James Fenmore Cooper Prize for historical fiction.

From the wide-open prairie of frontier Illinois to the war-torn fields of the Civil War, this majestic epic of 19th-century America sweeps across decades of conflict and change. Dr. Rob Cole comes to the Great Plains to pursue his destiny, but it's an Indian Shaman called "The Bear Woman" who profoundly changes his life. (Historical Fiction)

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In the New World, young Scottish physician Rob J. Cole seeks the justice and tolerance that seemed missing in the Old. But in Boston in 1839, where he assists surgeon Oliver Wendell Holmes, he finds the same mixture of altruism and evil that informs all human pursuits. Joining the Union Army in civilian service, Rob J. moves to the wilderness of Illinois. Gordon The Rabbi deftly employs Rob J.'s diary, which is read by his son Shaman, also a doctor, after his father's death, to reveal the Coles's early family years. In doctoring and sheep farming, Rob J. builds a worthy life, marrying the beautiful and haunted Sarah. While dealing sensitively with Sarah's jealousy of his Indian soulmate, the female shaman Makwa-ikwa, and with Shaman's deafness, Rob J. often escapes into the demands and rewards of his practice. The search for Makwa-ikwa's murderer raises such issues as racial injustice, religious prejudice and pacifism. In serviceable, if curiously unemotional prose, Gordon tells a quietly absorbing story that should please a wide audience. Literary Guild alternate. Sept.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525935544
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1992
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 9.34 (w) x 6.31 (h) x 1.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Noah Gordon has won many awards, including the James Fenimore Cooper Prize; among his books are The Physician, The Death Committee, The Jerusalem Diamond, The Rabbi, The Last Jew, and Choices.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2008

    Like an old friend

    This book is one of the most captivating I've ever read. After having read and reread it, as well as other family members, I have had to obtain a new copy. The original has begun to fall apart. This book and the characters within have become old friends that I like to visit -especially on a bad day. They have told me of their stories time and again and I will never become tired of them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2003

    Exciting medical history

    One of the best books I've ever read. I keep recommending it to friends. Noah Gordon is one of the best contemporary writers. If you enjoy this one, be sure to find the first one in this trilogy about the Cole's - The Physician.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    History at its best

    Excellent story with strong character development. Was saddend when the last page came.

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  • Posted April 20, 2011

    An all-time favorite

    Even better than the first in the series (The Physician), Shaman provides a well-researched picture of medicine in the US before and during the Civil War, woven into a highly engaging tale. The characters are - as one reviewer said - "like old friends." This is one you'll be going back to again and again to reread favorite sections. You'll also learn a lot about other major movements and issues in the same time period, and you can trust Noah Gordon to give you a balanced perspective.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2003

    Shaman Chai revisited?

    This is a great medical book which I found fascinating. It reminded me of 'Shaman Chai written by Jay Werba' (a Bangkok based book). However, I'd put this book way above that one. Why? Well, for one Jay Werba never deals with the sarcasm that is ailing him while this book provides some real healing points.

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