If your body craves more ‘Gulp,’ an ‘Open Wound’ may satisfy

by Shaun Manning on May 10, 2013

Mary Roach, dubbed “America’s funniest science writer” by the Washington Post, has fans hungry for more weird stories of the body’s inner working with her latest book Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal. Roach, who provided a blurb for Jason Karlawish’s Open Wound, also gives a shout to that book in Gulp itself, calling Open Wound “a fine and sleuthily researched historical novel.” Roach notes that, while Dr. William Beaumont’s thoughts on his experiments upon Alexis St. Martin are well-documented thanks to the doctor’s journals, St. Martin’s initial response to the “unusual proposition” of having his bullet wound used as a window into his stomach remains unknown.

This, of course, allows Dr. Karlawish as a novelist to build out a compelling dynamic between the two men, based in extensive research and bolstered by the power of a great storyteller. Open Wound has won glowing reviews in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, as well as several publications aimed at historians.

Open Wound is now available in paperback.

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