Book: Laminar Flow by Timothy H. Cook
categories: Book, Mystery, Time Travel, Fifteenth Century Medicine, Desperately Ill Persons, Plagues, Magic and Medicine, Murder, Medical Fantasy
Timothy H. Cook about this book: Two stories of medicine, across the years, make up the Book of Drachma. In this first volume, we find a hardworking cardiologist, Robert Gilsen, trying to save the life of his desperately ill young patient. But he keeps getting messages, from across the chasm of time, that there is more, and they need him desperately. In the fifteenth century, we find another healer, Craycroft, who is stymied by the lack of medical knowledge, and who is facing both his very ill friend, and the rulers of his island, which now has a plague, and threatens to undermine their livelihood. Behind the scenes, we find a most knowledgable and magical one named Drachma, who seems to be pulling some powerful strings.
This is the first in a trilogy, with the second book (Coaptation) also available on Amazon, and the third book (Turbulence and Restoration), soon to be released.
I wrote this book, in part, because of a gripe session, in which I participated at a medical conference, around 1988, when a group of us attending the session were decrying the state of medicine as portrayed in the lay media. Not only were they portraying the medicine wrong, but they didn't get the feeling right - of what it felt like to be a physician. I started writing this in 1989, completing the three volume fantasy in 2011.
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