The missionary doctor in question was Asahel Grant, who left Oneida County, New York, in 1835 with his young bride. They traveled to Turkish Kurdistan under the auspices of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. His purpose was to preach Christianity and bring Western medicine to the Nestorian people there. Taylor describes their lives; crude huts made of branches were their homes, and many of them were sick from dysentery and cholera. Grant was overwhelmed with patients, and in addition to his medical practice, he taught in the mission schools. Taylor recounts Grant's journeys; he had to climb passes, ford rivers, and somehow avoid bandits to get from village to village. It is a harrowing story of disease, misfortune, and sometimes death (Grant's wife and twin baby girls died there in 1840), but it is an enthralling account of one man's endeavor to help those in need. George CohenCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
About the Author
Gordon E. Taylor is an independent scholar and writer who has long been fascinated by the peoples and places of the Middle East, where he has taught English, lived, and travelled. He holds a B.A. degree from Lawrence University, in Appleton, Wisconsin, where he studied History and Theatre. Fever and Thirst is the culmination of a lifetime's fascination with the mountains of Hakkari, in southeast Turkey, and the Kurds and Assyrian Christian mountaineers who made those mountains their home.