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Jason Karlawish discusses the history behind ‘Open Wound’ on NPR

by Shaun Manning August 13, 2012

Jason Karlawish, whose 2011 novel Open Wound: The Tragic Obsession of Dr. William Beaumont tells a fictionalized story of Dr. Beaumont’s experiments upon gutshot fur trapper Alexis St. Martin on Mackinac Island in 1822, spoke with Michigan Writers On Air’s Aaron Stander for Interlochen Public Radio. Though the island is now famous for its Victorian aesthetic and delicious fudge, Karlawish said that in Beaumont’s day things were quite different. “Imagine that fort dominating the place, and the island a cosmopolis of trade. … Essentially, the Army’s job at that time was to keep the island functioning for the American Fur Company,” […]

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WSJ Marketplace Praises ‘Open Wound’

by Shaun Manning December 20, 2011

Marketwatch, part of the Wall Street Journal family of web sites, featured Jason Karlawish’s Open Wound as the only fiction title on its list of “Health Books That Get Your Blood Pumping.” “Health care is likely to resurface next year as a major topic ahead of the presidential election,” the article begins. “A handful of books published this year seek to challenge or explain how our standards of medical care in the U.S. have emerged.” Listing Open Wound among several recent non-fiction books, reviewer Kristen Gerencher says of Karlawish’s book, “In this historical novel, [Beaumont and St. Martin] become entwined […]

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New York Times calls Karlawish’s historical novel “marvelous”

by Shaun Manning November 29, 2011

The New York Times reviewed Dr. Jason Karlawish’s historical novel Open Wound: The Tragic Obsession of Dr. William Beaumont, praising its precise treatment of the doctor/patient relationship–in particular, the unique doctor/patient relationship that existed between frontier physicial Dr. William Beaumont and gut-shot trapper Alexis St. Martin in the early 19th century. Setting the unusual circumstances of Beaumont’s care in the context of more familiar terms–and suggesting that, despite radical advancements in the fields of medicine, some things never change–the Times said: The relationship between doctor and patient is hard enough to parse when both are in the same room. When […]

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