A review at last……

I would like to be modest, but since this is the very first review of  ‘A MATTER OF DOUBT’, I want to share it with you. My thanks to Pacific Book Review, California.

A MATTER OF DOUBT  by Peter Wise   Ed: July 7, 2011      Publisher: Amazon/Kindle

Peter Wise has used words to the skill level of Pierre-Auguste Renoir‘s use of paint, creating a literary book, embellishing a world, a period-piece, with complex human emotions, determination, drive and passion, along with respectful conversational French dialogue in his epic work.

A Matter of Doubt – the life of Claude Bernard articulates, from a third-person narrative view, the life of Claude Bernard and how he was heavily influenced in his logic and reason by René Descartes, the famous French philosopher who questioned “everything.” This led Descartes to become one of the key figures of the creation of what we call today the Scientific Method. Claude Bernard used the practice, not taking anything on face value, and performed blind-experimentation to support his medical research, thus becoming one of humanity’s most accomplished doctors, and shedding light on many aspects of the human condition of health and well-being. Although controversial even at the time, Claude Bernard used animal experimentation to an extreme, upsetting his wife and daughters – which ultimately led to a divorce – however being convinced the greater good to relieve humanity of disease, he justified the use of vivisection.

A Matter of Doubt begins when Claude Bernard moves to Paris to study medicine as a young adult,
working as a pharmacist to make ends meet while writing a play and dreaming about becoming a famous playwright. His dichotomy of interests, so eloquently portrayed by Peter Wise, captures the reader and draws one into the world of yesteryear, a time less complicated by the limits of technology:  however, as modern a group of people as those of us that live today.

Peter Wise’s use of language, with his precision, his remarks of the wonderfully credible characters, and significance of respectful interactions, is unlike much of the mundane use of verbiage we read and use today. He truly pulls the reader back in time – like the Time Machine in the H. G. Wells classic – into the mid-1800’s, and drops you among the upper society in Paris, France amidst famous people like Louis Pasteur.

The brilliance of Peter Wise’s writing skills is truly amazing, being so presumptuously respectful of the reader’s intelligence while still explaining the fundamentals of the factual evidence portrayed in the scientific medical work. Although a very sophisticated book, I would recommend this for young adults to read as an example of excellence in technique, as well as to the seasoned historical reader; or anyone seeking entertainment while being educated.

C’est un très bon livre! 

Reviewed by: Barbara Miller

Pacific Book Review, 25 August 2011


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