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For Walker Percys fans and for readers who are just discovering his work, The Last Physician provides an explanation for why his stories were so seminal in the maturation of many an adult and many an aspiring physician. The issues he wrestled with in his fictionisolation, ambivalence, alienationare just as important in todays society. The Last Physician is proof that Walker Percys work will endure, will continue to stimulate discussion, and will continue to inspire generations to come. Abraham Verghese, author of The Tennis Partner: A Doctors Story of Friendship and Loss
The Last Physician offers the pleasure of Walker Percys companionship in leading an examined life. The authors talk with and through Percys characters about medicine, about art and suffering, and about how their lives became richer as they acknowledge their share of the worlds troubles.Arthur W. Frank, author of At the Will of the Body: Reflections on Illness and the Wounded Storyteller: Body, Illness, and Ethics --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Editorial Reviews