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The Heart Specialist [Reading] ➶ The Heart Specialist Author Claire Holden Rothman – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Inspired by the life of Doctor Maude Elizabeth Seymour Abbott, The Heart Specialist is the story of an ambitious woman pursuing her dream at the dawn of the twentieth century Agnes is stripped of a re Inspired by the life of Doctor Maude Elizabeth Seymour Abbott, The Heart Specialist is the story of an ambitious woman pursuing her dream at the dawn of the twentieth century Agnes is stripped of a regular childhood when her father is accused of a horrific crime and abandons the family Never considered ladylike, she is drawn to the wrong things, such as The Heart eBook Ó microscopes, anatomy, and dissection, that lead to her finding her calling as a doctor Yet despite a rapid rise to stardom in the medical community, she soon finds herself up against the same glass ceiling faced by women in her field Set against the backdrop of conflict and upheaval permeating the early s, The Heart Specialist is a testament to one woman s triumph in the face of adversity.


About the Author: Claire Holden Rothman

Claire Holden Rothman is a Montreal writer who taught literature at Marianopolis College for many years and headed the advanced fiction workshop at McGill University She now makes her living translating and adapting scripts for television She has also translated literary works, including the first novel written in French Canada, Philippe Aubert de Gasp s th century classic Le chercheur de tr The Heart eBook Ó sors The Influence of a Book , for which she won the John Glassco Translation Award Claire s own fiction publications include two collections of stories Salad Days Black Tulips and a novel, The Heart Specialist.



10 thoughts on “The Heart Specialist

  1. DeB MaRtEnS DeB MaRtEnS says:

    Long listed for the Giller Prize in 2009, The Heart Specialist is meaty historical fictional based closely on Maude Abbott, Canada s first female physician and an eminent pathologist Factually, the story is about as close to true as one can get but the license of fiction definitely gave Claire Rothman liberty to bring her characters to life in the late 19th Century The path to become educated at a university, in this story with Agnes White, was a fight and in Montreal, McGill University was hi Long listed for the Giller Prize in 2009, The Heart Specialist is meaty historical fictional based closely on Maude Abbott, Canada s first female physician and an eminent pathologist Factually, the story is about as close to true as one can get but the license of fiction definitely gave Claire Rothman liberty to bring her characters to life in the late 19th Century The path to become educated at a university, in this story with Agnes White, was a fight and in Montreal, McGill University was highly reluctant to allow women to enrol in any classes I very much appreciated learning about this little known female pioneer in the field of medicine in Canada s history, even though she was lightly disguised as Agnes White and found the novel to be well rounded and charming


  2. Cynthia Cynthia says:

    Love Story Entwined with Medical HistoryThis is a sweet story about a woman s journey to becoming a doctor near the turn of the 20th century Of course there s a love story that accompanies it The settings are wonderful starting in Montreal, where Agnes family home overlooks the St Lawrence, dipping into New England and on to England and France Rothman does a good job giving a feel for these places, especially Montreal and Calais The medical information is also entertaining as Agnes ambiti Love Story Entwined with Medical HistoryThis is a sweet story about a woman s journey to becoming a doctor near the turn of the 20th century Of course there s a love story that accompanies it The settings are wonderful starting in Montreal, where Agnes family home overlooks the St Lawrence, dipping into New England and on to England and France Rothman does a good job giving a feel for these places, especially Montreal and Calais The medical information is also entertaining as Agnes ambition fuels her desire for knowledge which helps her get over multiple obstacles Ultimately though the book falls short The love story was silly one important plot device made no sense and the ending was anti climatic I rated 3 out of 5 stars because I wanted to keep picking the book up each day, in fact I think a young girl who s considering a medical career would find this book compelling


  3. Brian Brian says:

    What I liked was the plain language and the dramatic pull of the plot The Heart Specialist was believably Victorian The view point character, Agnes, was likeable Her very quiet romance with Jacob provided enough suspense to keep things going even though it was a little hard to believe anyone so bright as Agnes, could be so blind for so long to her subordinate s feelings It was also disappointing that while the author did a grand job of exposing the prejudice of McGill toward prospective fema What I liked was the plain language and the dramatic pull of the plot The Heart Specialist was believably Victorian The view point character, Agnes, was likeable Her very quiet romance with Jacob provided enough suspense to keep things going even though it was a little hard to believe anyone so bright as Agnes, could be so blind for so long to her subordinate s feelings It was also disappointing that while the author did a grand job of exposing the prejudice of McGill toward prospective female med students, she seemed to overlook completely any examination of the hardships a woman doctor might experience in securing and sustaining a practice once certified There is little or nothing about the state of medical science and technique at the turn of the century Agnes attains some distinction as a research assistant and curator of a medical museum, but the book chooses to focus almost exclusively on her quests for the affections of a prominent doctor and a reunion with the father that deserted her Maybe it isn t fair to bemoan the book s missed opportunities when it handles so well the subjects it sets out to explore Or maybe it is


  4. Juliana Philippa Juliana Philippa says:

    3.5 stars Grade B I looked briefly up from my notes I was surrounded by hearts, sectioned and preserved Hearts with holes Hearts with leaking valves or thickened walls Hearts with narrow or transposed aortas I closed my eyes. Summary The Heart Specialist is the story of Agnes White, a young woman who becomes one of the first female doctors in Canada in the early 1900s It s inspired by Maude Abbott s career, who was in fact one of Canada s first female physicians The book follow 3.5 stars Grade B I looked briefly up from my notes I was surrounded by hearts, sectioned and preserved Hearts with holes Hearts with leaking valves or thickened walls Hearts with narrow or transposed aortas I closed my eyes. Summary The Heart Specialist is the story of Agnes White, a young woman who becomes one of the first female doctors in Canada in the early 1900s It s inspired by Maude Abbott s career, who was in fact one of Canada s first female physicians The book follows Agnes from her childhood in the 1870s to after the end of World War I in 1919 Agnes s father was a highly esteemed doctor who, because of a scandal, left his family in the middle of the night and disappeared when Agnes was only 5 Her mother was pregnant with her younger sister, Laure, and died not long after giving birth, leaving Agness and Laure to be raised by their maternal grandmother.Agnes s life is shaped by the ghost of her father and she follows his footsteps into the field of medicine She has a passion for it and is a brilliant student, but it is difficult gaining access to the appropriate education, let alone respect once she manages to get there Throughout it all, the absence of her father is deeply felt and when she meets Dr Howlett, an esteemed physician whom her father mentored, she latches on to this last connection she has to him.As the years pass, Agnes is slowly recognized for her work and she repeatedly shows herself to be an excellent doctor and student of the human body She has a profound understanding of the heart in particular and while the organ has been the focus of her studies, its metaphorical counterpart seems to remain almost a complete mystery to her up until the end.Reaction The tone of this novel is bittersweet We do see Agnes advance in her career and eventually gain the respect she deserves, but her path to that end is littered with difficulties, many having to do with her relationships or lack thereof with others There is such an overwhelming sense of missed opportunity in this novel and of wasted time not only with Agnes, but with many of the characters Laure, Jakob, Miss Skerry, and others Though as Miss Skerry wisely points outYou must have learned by now, Agnes, that it s not possible to judge a life from the outside, she said Her voice had an edge One inevitably gets it wrongAs our main character and narrator, we feel this the most strongly though with Agnes The book covers such a broad period of her life and in the end, while she has found her place professionally and has just begun to finally find her footing emotionally in her personal life, the entirety of it has a sense of tragedy or lacking to it There is so much loneliness over the years and her focus often blinded her to all else.Though Agnes herself expresses much the same sentiment, she does so at a relatively early point in her journey, on page 100, a couple of years after having graduated from medical school I had achieved my dream, but what had it brought Wealth I glanced at my dress, worn too many days now without washing, and at the patched cloak bunched under my arm Renown I d been a celebrity in my student days, but since then I might as well have died Happiness My eyes pricked with tears The day I received my degree I thought my life would be completely altered I had entered the forbidden land of my father Nothing would ever be the same But in truth nothing happened I remained plain old Agnes White, no richer orfamous or happier than before. For the most part I found Agnes to be a strong narrator and I liked her voice in the story, but her attachment and worship of Dr Howlett became difficult to bear as she grows older, and it made me think less of her at times We do clearly see what he represents in her life though, and Rothman does a good job of making us feel her desperation, her passionate desire for some type of connection to her father, a man who has become larger than life in her mind and whose absence hasof an effect that I m sure his presence ever would have.The most aching and bittersweet regret I felt was most definitely over her relationship with Jakob, her assistant While she was utterly blind, he let so much time slip away instead of being direct and forcing her to realize what was right in front of her There is such starkness to the story, though there were also times with of angst and complications It is what I would call a quiet story, but it is nonetheless engaging and I read the last hundred pages or so in one sitting even though I had meant to put the book down and finish it later.We are given a sense of closure at the end of The Heart Specialist, for which I was grateful, but I was also impressed by how the end also in many ways felt like a beginning to something else Much happens in the final section it is something of an emotional whirlwind but we re then given a chance to catch our breath and see the new landscape and where things have now settled We re with Agnes for only her first few steps as she moves forward, but this gives the ending a feeling of promise, of a new direction for her In many ways, it s happier than any other part of the book I felt like finally finally Agnes had woken up to so many things, and instead of starting on a new page, she s about to start on a whole new book.One of My Favorite Quotes Happiness is a strange thing It is something I tend to recognize only after it has passed, when I realize I miss it. This review is of an ARC provided by theVine Program.Reviewed on Fiction Vixen Book Reviews on October 23, 2011.


  5. Bikki Bikki says:

    The story of Agnes White an orphan raised by her grandmother who is determined to follow in the footsteps of her father a renowned doctor who left her as a child after being accused of murder even though medical schools are closed to women The book follows the story of Agnes through the years and shows her hardships and successes as she continues looking for her father the one missing piece in her life.I really enjoyed this book I fell in love with Agnes and her story from the first few The story of Agnes White an orphan raised by her grandmother who is determined to follow in the footsteps of her father a renowned doctor who left her as a child after being accused of murder even though medical schools are closed to women The book follows the story of Agnes through the years and shows her hardships and successes as she continues looking for her father the one missing piece in her life.I really enjoyed this book I fell in love with Agnes and her story from the first few pages and stayed up late to finish it I thought the author did a wonderful job of painting Agnes and showing us both her strengths and weaknesses in a way that made sense Overall a really delightful read


  6. Diane S ☔ Diane S ☔ says:

    Really enjoyed this story about Agnes White who was one of the first woman doctors in Canada The story starts in the late 1800 s and includes history of World War I and the Spanish Flu as well as women trying to take a place in a man s world.


  7. Wendy Darling Wendy Darling says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed the beginning of this book, which is inspired by the true story of one of Canada s first female physicians The descriptions of Agnes dissecting squirrels in a barn and such were pretty intriguing, especially if you re at all interested in biology or forensics It was also interesting to read about the obstacles placed in the way of female education during the 19th century, even at well respected universities, and I really liked much of the writing, which felt unexpectedly n I thoroughly enjoyed the beginning of this book, which is inspired by the true story of one of Canada s first female physicians The descriptions of Agnes dissecting squirrels in a barn and such were pretty intriguing, especially if you re at all interested in biology or forensics It was also interesting to read about the obstacles placed in the way of female education during the 19th century, even at well respected universities, and I really liked much of the writing, which felt unexpectedly nuanced and contemplative in many places I squinted into the sunlight, blurring the governess s small, oval face against the backdrop of leaves until her grin, like that of Lewis Carroll s cat, was the only thing I could see.About halfway through the novel, however, things began to lose a little bit of steam and the story no longer engaged me as much as it did earlier It began to feel a little less intimate and involved, andlike a dry biography rather than a really good work of historical fiction I was surprised by change, since until that point I was very much enjoying the story.Still, for those who are interested in Canadian history, women s history, or medicine, this could prove to be a rewarding look at this period in history An advance copy was provided by the publisher for this review.


  8. Kymm Kymm says:

    The Heart Specialist by Claire Holden Rothman is loosely based on a true life woman Maude Abbott, who became one of the first female doctors in Montreal, Canada From the time she was a child she s always had a fascination with the odd, strange and mystifying world of anatomy Even going so far as setting up her own lab, on the outskirts of the home where she lived with her grandmother She practiced on small rodents and insects to learn what made them work Her father, a renowned physician who The Heart Specialist by Claire Holden Rothman is loosely based on a true life woman Maude Abbott, who became one of the first female doctors in Montreal, Canada From the time she was a child she s always had a fascination with the odd, strange and mystifying world of anatomy Even going so far as setting up her own lab, on the outskirts of the home where she lived with her grandmother She practiced on small rodents and insects to learn what made them work Her father, a renowned physician who found himself embroiled in controversy had left her when she was only four, but she always wanted to do what he d done in the medical field The story explains the difficulty she had trying to be taken seriously and even the lengths she went to to get into medical school, where in the late 1800 s was not open to women She is a woman on a mission and won t take no for an answer She does finally get into school and becomes a force to be reckoned with She out does all her male counterparts and soars to the top of the national and international stage with her work However, throughout her esteemed career and notoriety she s always wondering what happened to her father and where he is now In setting up her new lab she finds a heart that has serious anatomical problems and discovers this is a tie to her father After many years of important work, speeches, books and world wide attention she just can t let go of her father and the impact he had on her young life The story follows her life and the lengths she s gone to to become one of the top doctors in the world, while trying to solve the mystery of her father s disappearance and whereabouts I found this to be an important read and I m always up for reading a story about a real person, of course this is fiction, so it s not exactly her story, but close enough for me I love reading about women in the medical field at the turn of the century and the lengths they went to to become recognized in medicine Well, this woman sure left her mark Very interesting, I couldn t put it down and after reading all she had to go through just to be accepted by her male counterparts makes me so thankful for all these pioneering women who ve come before me Where would we be without all their hard work and persistence This was an important read for me and when I chose it I d never heard of Maude Abbott or as she s named in the book Agnes White, but the topic piqued my interest and I m so glad I read it It s historical fiction, but it s so muchIt s open and honest, real and important and I think anyone with an interest in the early days of medicine or women who did what was necessary to be taken seriously would love it I say read this one, it s great Happy Reading


  9. Sharron Sharron says:

    The was a good read, just not what I expected I thought I was going to get historical fiction and instead,an examination of loss and obsession Certainly there were historical details, and you get a glimpse into the battle for women to become doctor s in the late 1800s in Canada, just not enough Still a good story.


  10. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    This is a well written book with a great storyline and a fast pace I loved the main character, Agnes But, I didn t love the ending With all the build up of the situation with the father, I found the end to be somewhat disappointing.


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