Noah Gordon

Noah Gordon was an American author best known for his historical novels. He was born on November 11, 1926, in Worcester, Massachusetts, and passed away on November 22, 2021. Gordon's work often focused on themes of medicine and the human condition, with his most famous book being 'The Physician,' which tells the story of a young Englishman's journey to become a doctor in the 11th century. The book was the first in a trilogy that continued with 'Shaman' and 'Matters of Choice.' Gordon's novels have been published worldwide and have won numerous awards.


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  1. 1. The Physician

    The book tells the story of a young English boy, Rob Cole, in the 11th century who becomes an apprentice to a barber-surgeon. Rob's ambition to become a physician takes him across Europe and into the heart of the Muslim world, a journey fraught with danger and discovery. He disguises himself as a Jew to study at a school that does not admit Christians. The narrative is a captivating mix of history, science, and adventure, highlighting the protagonist's perseverance and the state of medical knowledge during the Middle Ages.

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