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Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., is the George E. Wantz Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine and director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan. His books include "Quarantine! "and "When Germs Travel. "His articles have appeared in "The New York Times, The Journal of the American Medical Association, "and "The New England Journal of Medicine," and he is a frequent contributor to National Public Radio. Markel is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


"Markel creates rich portraits of men who shared, as he writes of Freud, a 'particular constellation of bold risk taking, emotional scar tissue, and psychic turmoil.'" --"The New Yorker" "Terrific . . . This rich, engrossing book reminds us of the strangeness of even heroic destinies." --Richard Rayner, "Los Angeles Times" "[A] rich, revelatory new book . . . . [Markel is] a careful writer and a tireless researcher, and as a trained physician himself, Markel is able to pronounce on medical matters with firmness and authority."--Lev Grossman, "TIME" "[An] incisive--and often damning--story of the "miracle drug cocaine.." . . Elegantly subversive . . . . The author's insights and analytical skills make "An Anatomy of Addiction" an irresistible cautionary tale"--Deborah Blum, "The Wall Street Journal" "A splendid history. . . [Markel is a] fluent, incisive and often subtly funny writer."--Michael Sragow, "The Baltimore Sun " "Absorbing and thoroughly documented. . . a vivid narrative of two of the most remarkable of the many contributors to our understanding of human biology and function . . . A tour de force of scientific and social history, one that helps illuminate a unique period in the long story of medical discovery." --Sherwin Nuland, on the cover of "The New York Times Book Review" "Provocative . . . persuasive and engrossing." --Laura Miller, "" "Compelling and compassionate. . . a book that profoundly demonstrates the complexity and breadth of their genius. . . a richly woven analysis complete with anecdotes, historical research, photos and present-day knowledge about the character of the addictive personality."--"Booklist ""Howard Markel eloquently tells the parallel stories of these two pathbreaking physicians and how their stories intersect in remarkable and sometimes tragic ways . . . Markel's extraordinary achievement combines first-rate history o

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