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Pre-Print reviews for Bloodletting and Germs Continue to be Positive

Review by Author K.C. Finn 5/27/20

5 Stars

Bloodletting and Germs: A Doctor in Nineteenth Century Rural New York is a fascinating work of fiction in the historical and medical sub-genres and was penned by author Thomas Rosenthal. Written for adults due to its complexity of writing style and detailed historical content, this intriguing read takes us to East Aurora, New York state in the year of 1834, where we see the opening of a rural drug store. Its owner is the real historical figure of Dr. Jabez Allen, whose struggles are only just beginning as he offers his services, intellect, and heart up to those he aims to cure. What results is a time capsule of an era of struggle, disease, civil unrest and so much more as one brave couple forges ahead in their passions.

Author Thomas Rosenthal has done an incredible job of bringing to life a time of intense difficulty, but also retaining a modern sense of hope and triumph in the hearts and minds of the central characters. It is because they are trailblazers that we are able to empathize with and root for Dr. and Mrs. Allen in their quests for recognition. The lexical choices bring about detailed elements from their struggles as well as painting the background climate of burgeoning war and the threat of powerful under-researched diseases. The dialogue too is a particular strength, characterizing every figure with a unique voice that resounds from history. If you’re looking for a realistic work of fiction that truly brings the past to life, I would highly recommend Bloodletting and Germs for your next historical read.

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