Arthur & George by Julian Barnes

By Julian Barnes

As boys, George, the son of a Midlands vicar, and Arthur, residing in shabby genteel Edinburgh, locate themselves in an unlimited and intricate international on the center of the British Empire. Years later—one suffering from his id in a global antagonistic to his ancestry, the opposite growing the world’s most renowned detective whereas in love with a girl who's now not his wife–their fates develop into inextricably connected.

In Arthur & George, Julian Barnes explores the grand tapestry of late-Victorian Britain to create his such a lot fascinating and engrossing novel but.

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From at who their prescriptions passed for the suggestions of the gods, the miraculous. the all could teach, that they diseases cures for the and remedies Strabo tells 'us that these registers in the temple of i^sculapius Cos, proper Hippocrates formed his plan for a diet. Hippocrates, the wise physician and father of medicine, was according to Soranus the son of Heraclides and Phasnaretes, descended from Her- 1 The Fathers of Medicine. cules He was a Coan and ^sculapius. and was first 3 by birth, instructed by his father, and then by Herodicus, and Democritus of Abdua, the philosopher.

Brauronia was the temples filled 37 Thus the temple of Artemis with women's clothing. In of the healing gods, instruments of surgery, pharmaceutical appliances, painted representing miraculous healings, and numbers of models of various parts of the human frame, composed of metal, stone, and tablets great terra-cotta, Many were deposited. of these ancient temples of healing were magnificent buildings with richly-decorated interiors, while grottos at others were the source of simply shrines or some hot spring or mineral water, where hundreds of those afflicted with various ailments flocked to bathe or drink the water.

The student sat at the feet of the philosopher of his choice, and after a certain period and course of probation, was granted the rights of priest and is, physician to practise as a teacher and healer. They had and ethics of a standard almost equal to those of to-day, and their knowtheir code ledge of surgery, and the use of the herbs and grew around them, was not a little. , I yield myself tributary and debtor to the master and doctor, who hath instructed me and showed me this science and doctrine, even as much or rather more than to my who hath begotten me, and that I and communicate with him, and follow all necessities which I shall know him to father shall live him in Alchemy and Pharmacy.

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