Gabriella Mondini is a rarity in 16th century Venice: a woman who practices medicine. Her father, a renowned physician, has provided her entrée to this all-male profession, and inspired in her a shared mission to understand the secrets of the human body.It took me a few chapters to get really "in" to the book, since it's set in such a different time and place than my own. Pretty soon though, I was traveling around the world in my mind with Gabriella and her servants. The Book of Madness and Cures is a fascinating look at medicine, gender roles, family, society and travel during the Renaissance. While it may be a novel, the author is a poet, and that comes across in the beautiful words and descriptions in the book. All in all, this is an exceptionally well-written, lyrical, and intriguing book and I highly recommend that you pick it up.
Then her father disappears and Gabriella faces a crisis: she is no longer permitted to treat her patients, women who need her desperately, without her father's patronage. She sets out across Europe to find where-and why-he has gone. Following clues from his occasional enigmatic letters, Gabriella crosses Switzerland, Germany and France, entering strange and forbidding cities. She travels to Scotland, the Netherlands, and finally to Morocco. In each new land she probes the mystery of her father's flight, and open new mysteries of her own. Not just mysteries of ailments and treatments, but ultimate mysteries of mortality, love, and the timeless human spirit.
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