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The Last Physician: Walker Percy and the Moral Life of Medicine Paperback – October 13, 1999

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“For Walker Percy’s 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 fiction—isolation, ambivalence, alienation—are just as important in today’s society. The Last Physician is proof that Walker Percy’s work will endure, will continue to stimulate discussion, and will continue to inspire generations to come.” —Abraham Verghese, author of The Tennis Partner: A Doctor’s Story of Friendship and Loss


The Last Physician offers the pleasure of Walker Percy’s companionship in leading an examined life. The authors talk with and through Percy’s characters about medicine, about art and suffering, and about how their lives became richer as they acknowledge their share of the world’s troubles.”—Arthur W. Frank, author of At the Will of the Body: Reflections on Illness and the Wounded Storyteller: Body, Illness, and Ethics

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“For Walker Percy’s 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 fiction—isolation, ambivalence, alienation—are just as important in today’s society. The Last Physician is proof that Walker Percy’s work will endure, will continue to stimulate discussion, and will continue to inspire generations to come.” —Abraham Verghese, author of The Tennis Partner: A Doctor’s Story of Friendship and Loss

“The Last Physician offers the pleasure of Walker Percy’s companionship in leading an examined life. The authors talk with and through Percy’s characters about medicine, about art and suffering, and about how their lives became richer as they acknowledge their share of the world’s 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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books (October 13, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822323699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822323693
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,345,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love Walker Percy but this is sort of mish mash of essays. Some more personal histories of their medical career, some an interesting analysis of medical themes in Percy's novels and essays. A book just for true Percy addicts.
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