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Read by millions in thirty-two countries, soon to be a major motion picture, and voted “one of the ten most-beloved books of all time,” here is the first English-language digital edition of Noah Gordon’s masterwork
In eleventh-century London, a child holds the hand of his dying mother and is terrified, aware something is taking her. Orphaned and given to an itinerant barber-surgeon, Rob Cole becomes a fast-talking swindler, peddling a worthless medicine. But as he matures, his strange gift—an acute sensitivity to impending death—never leaves him, and he yearns to become a healer.
Arab madrassas are the only authentic medical schools, and he makes his perilous way to Persia. Christians are barred from Muslim schools, but claiming he is a Jew, he studies under the world’s most renowned physician, Avicenna. How the woman who is his great love struggles against her only rival—medicine—makes a riveting modern classic.
The Physician is the first book in Noah Gordon’s Dr. Robert Cole trilogy, which continues with Shaman and concludes with Matters of Choice.

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The Physician
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3.9 / 5
January 26th, 2014
An EXCELLENT book.... well researched. It brought to life a time of repressed learning and the striving for excellence in a era of superstition and distrust. It truly deserves the acclaim it has received. The characters were made to have human failings but redeemed through trial and error. It has a great mix of countries, beliefs, sadness, triumphs, and opulence/poverty of its time. Also, the book brought a tremendous gratefulness for NOT living in such a repressed society but sharing the joy of someone that did and survived.
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