The Case of Dr. Sachs: A Novel

The Case of Dr. Sachs: A Novel


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Bruno Sachs is a country doctor who makes house calls and feels deeply for his patients. There are broken bones, unwanted pregnancies, people without the will to live, a friend dying of cancer. His pity for his fellow creatures is both his motivating force and his own untreatable condition. Among the deaths, love affairs, and small town gossip, a love story emerges at the heart of the novel-between Dr. Sachs and a young woman upon whom he once performed an abortion.
The Case of Dr. Sachs is a novel filled with voices of silent suffering and arias of quiet joy, and one dedicated to the notion that literature, like medicine, can save lives.

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ISBN-13: 9781583222614
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Publication date: 09/04/2001
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.06(w) x 9.07(h) x 0.92(d)

About the Author

MARTIN WINCKLER was born in Algiers in 1955. In 1994, he quit practicing medicine to write full-time. He lives in France with his wife and children.

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SqueakyChu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Written in second person and narrated by those whose lives intersect with that of Dr. Bruno Sachs, this novel is a portrait of a French country physician¿s daily life and his practice of medicine. The story is told by patients, friends, relatives, a girl-friend and the doctor¿s own writing. Most of the book is sparkling dialogue. Dr. Sachs is portrayed as caring, dedicated, practical, supportive, and determined.Very creative in the way it¿s told, the story brings out the main character vividly through the eyes of others. It¿s not often that a novel can so accurately portray the human side of a medical practitioner. Might it have something to do with the fact that the author, a medical doctor himself, wants to let the world know what a doctor feels and how he reacts to patients on a day to day basis as well as show what patients really feel about their physician? If so, he thoroughly succeeds, as his delightful story conveys all that and more.