Another 5 Star Review!
Review by Author Rabia Tanveer 5/29/20
Bloodletting and Germs: A Doctor in Nineteenth Century Rural New York by Thomas Rosenthal is a memoir of a brilliant doctor who only wanted to help anyone who would ask for it. Set in the early 1800s, the story follows one daring Dr. Jabez Allen as he tries to save lives in a small town. Jabez worked hard to get a medical license. All he ever wanted was to help people get medical assistance and he just needs a license to achieve his dreams. However, his peers deny him that. So instead of sitting back and letting them win, he opens his practice in the guise of a drug store in rural New York. And so, he continues to serve his community with the motto “No Cure, No Pay.” Nothing can stop him from providing relief to the ailing and no challenge is big enough for Jabez to stop. With his wife Millicent by his side, Jabez can overcome anything!
I have no other words to explain the author’s writing style but “redolent.” He evoked feelings of nostalgia and remembrance with his words that amazed me. I was not expecting the story to be this detailed and intricate. Author Thomas Rosenthal weaved pictures with his worlds and transported me to the 19th century where the characters were living through perilous cholera and the treacherous Civil War. I can only imagine the amount of research the author had to do to make Dr. Allen’s character as genuine as possible. As the story progressed, I got involved in Allen’s quest to serve and help others. He grew and evolved from being a timid man with a dream to a man who gallantly moved forward and boldly put his feet wherever he wanted because he knew what he was doing was right. He had validation from the people and the support of Millicent that gave him the boost he needed to be more fearless. Bloodletting and Germs is a brilliantly composed novel that I really enjoyed!