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Subject: I need help remembering a title
Date Posted: 3/13/2008 11:20 PM ET
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There is a non-fiction book that I read in the seventies. The first half of the book was a biographical story about the author when he was attending medical school. I remember that he was working on a cadaver.

The second part of the book included his worldly travels to all kinds of villages. These were definately not tourist spots and some were even dangerous. I thought the title was called Travels and by James Michener, but can't seem to locate it anywhere. I am often mistaken with titles. I checked fantastic fiction and no luck.

Can anyone help with this? I would like to locate this book and read it again. It was fascinating, but too long ago to remember too much.

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 3/14/2008 2:02 AM ET
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If you find out, let me know - sounds great!

Date Posted: 3/14/2008 8:21 AM ET
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I agree, it sounds fascinating!

Could it be Intern by Doctor X?  I was searching through Michener's titles trying to find this for you and I saw a Reader's Digest Condensed Book that had four different books in it.  This Intern title was one and there was also a title by Michener in the same volume.  It was published in the '70's, I think.  Anyway, it doesn't sound exactly like what you describe.  Just a guess.

Hope you find it!



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Date Posted: 3/14/2008 9:38 PM ET
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Thanks. I really appreciate the help. It wasn't Intern.

I went to Barnes & Noble and a used bookstore tonight and asked about it, as well. (40 mile drive) No one could help me, but I ended up buying 6 books at B & N and 4 books at the used book store!!!

I will definately let you know if this mystery ever gets figured out.

 

Subject: maybe Travels by Michael Crichton?
Date Posted: 3/15/2008 11:33 PM ET
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Never read it, but there is a book by Michael Crichton titled Travels (about a doctor & his travels) but the earliest date I find is in the 80's.   Good luck on your treasure hunt!

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 3/15/2008 11:53 PM ET
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Is it

My Own Country

 

Date Posted: 3/16/2008 1:42 PM ET
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That's IT!!!!! It is Michael Crichton's book Travels.

Thank you AMY!!

I found an excerpt that pretty much sums it up. I definately want to reread this book. It made quite an impression, but my memory isn't as good as I'd like.

"Bestselling fiction writer Michael Crichton describes his life and travels. It begins with his short-lived medical days, but most of the book fantastically tells of his adventures throughout the world including climbing Mount Kilamanjaro, exploring African wildlife, swimming with sharks, and becoming entranced by the paranormal in the Southwest U.S. desert."
Andrew So, Resident Scholar

Date Posted: 3/16/2008 4:11 PM ET
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Glad you found it, Ellen! L - My Own Country by Abraham Verghese is a delightful book, that I have given to more than one friend, and recommended to many others. Verghese is an Indian infectious disease specialist, who relocated to a Tennessee town early in his medical career, which happened to coincide with the start of the AIDS epidemic. His patients were gay men, who'd gone off to the big city to escape the restrictive society in the southeastern United States, but came home to their families once diagnosed with the then-fatal disease. Verghese draws parallels between his patients and himself, and discusses how neither fit in with the prevailing culture. He's a wonderful writer.
L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 3/16/2008 4:23 PM ET
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Sari-Lynn, I have two of his books on my TBR - My Own Country and The Tennis Partner.  I loved the descriptions of them and ordered them right away.  I will have to move them up to the top, based on your rec! Thanks!

Ellen - glad you found it!  I will have to order that one as well!



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Date Posted: 3/16/2008 5:03 PM ET
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Ellen you might want to also get a copy of Crichton's 5 Patients...both that and Travels are really good reads!

Date Posted: 3/17/2008 4:45 PM ET
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Thanks Bren! As soon as I get more credits, I'll look into Crichton's 5 Patients.

 

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 3/18/2008 7:13 PM ET
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Someone just offered me Travels in HC. :)

I think I may already have Five Patients.