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So begins The Doctor, a provocative, illuminating novel based on a true story about a brilliant female physician who is compelled to live as a man under the name James Miranda Barry. Patricia Duncker traces Barry's incredible life over the course of five decades and across three continents, from his cross-dressing child genius days to medical school in Edinburgh, Scotland; from his glorious career as a military surgeon to his adventures as a celebrated duelist and social figure known throughout the world.

This richly inventive and entertaining tale of dark family secrets, adultery, and colonial history is a transforming contemplation on the substance of gender, the power of will, and an unforgettable portrait of a brilliant mind.


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Used availability for Patricia Duncker's The Doctor

Hardback Editions

January 2000 : USA Hardback

Title: The Doctor
Author(s): Patricia Duncker
ISBN: 0-06-019601-7 / 978-0-06-019601-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Paperback Editions

July 2002 : USA Paperback

Title: The Doctor: A Novel
Author(s): Patricia Duncker
ISBN: 0-06-009041-3 / 978-0-06-009041-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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