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Richard Kennedy introduces Luke Carr, surgeon, into the unsettling war for American independence. Rather than seeking fame as a revolutionary hero on the battlefield, Luke is determined to find an elixir that will be victorious over disease. Seeking adventure in America he finds a demand for his services as a surgeon in the village of Pawtuxet, Rhode Island, as the colony struggles with an unpopular war, a failing economy and the constant threat of a British boycott and invasion. As he battles to realize his own ambition, prevent the spread of smallpox and a mysterious influenza, he encounters a more powerful force – one we all must face.

Dr.Carr’s journal is filled with fascinating and often bizarre cures. It provides insight into America at war and the certainties and limitations of medicine.

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