The Tragic Obsession of Dr. William Beaumont
By Jason Karlawish
(University of Michigan Press/Regional, Hardcover, 9780472118014, 280pp.)
Publication Date: September 1, 2011
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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A fictionalized case of medical ethics in Northern Michigan
Jason Karlawish is Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics and Senior Fellow of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. He studied medicine at Northwestern University and trained in internal medicine and geriatric medicine at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Chicago. His research examines issues in bioethics, and his clinical practice focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of persons with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.
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“The relationship between doctor and patient is hard enough to parse when both are in the same room. …And of the gallons of ink spilled over the centuries in attempts at clarification, few efforts in recent memory lay out the frustrations and confusions and crystalline moments of grace better than Dr. Jason Karlawish’s marvelous new book Open Wound.” --- Abigail Zuger, M.D., New York Times
"The relationship between doctor and patient is hard enough to parse when both are in the same room. …And of the gallons of ink spilled over the centuries in attempts at clarification, few efforts in recent memory lay out the frustrations and confusions and crystalline moments of grace better than Dr. Jason Karlawish's marvelous new book Open Wound."
—Abigail Zuger, M.D., New York Times
-Abigail Zuger, M.D.
"In this historical novel, [Beaumont and St. Martin] become entwined in each other's lives medically, financially and even legally. Karlawish sketches their fraught relationship in the ensuing decades artfully, with clear relevance to the ethical questions of modern medicine."
—Kristen Gerencher, Wall Street Journal Marketwatch
"I recommend this well-written and fascinating book to anyone interested in early medicine."
—Susan Zabolotny, The Historical Novels Review
"...an excellent work of fiction with the power to illuminate difficult ethical issues."
—Noah Raizman, The Lancet
"...this novel is great food for thought about the ongoing issues of informed consent and the hazards of financial incentives in the field of medical research."
—Natasha Bagdasarian, MD, MPH, JAMA