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Because while he clearly was influenced by his father's hateful and moral deficiencies, he never outright blames him or uses him as an excuse.


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He accepts all responsibility himself for his crime and also acknowledges his own moral failure. A true schizophrenic never accepts blame. Throughout this first half of the book to this point, the reading has been complicated and painful; the details were horrifying and unsettling.

However, in his new location in the tropics, a change occurs in his life that confirms that Georg Letham is no sociopath. He is allowed to work in the medical field again, this time doing research to find a cure for the deadly Yellow Fever that haunts the tropical regions.

A parallel is drawn between the rats his father abhorred and tried forever to eliminate with Georg's efforts to find a remedy for this similarly persistent and deadly danger. While his father was led into the depths of moral depravity because of his inability to control the deadly rodents, Georg rises morally by putting himself at risk for the welfare of others by trying to have some effect on the deadly disease. Throughout the second half of the book we see him change, yet he never transforms completely. That would be too easy and too unrealistic. A fascinating part of the text is the medical aspects of the study of disease, and how diseases like Yellow Fever are transmitted.

This is a far more interesting way to learn about biology than high school science!

No details are omitted in the search for a cure, and Weiss never dumbs down the medical language. Reading about the treatment of criminals in the early twentieth century as well as the service of military doctors and their dedication in this time period is absorbing. This is not an easy read.

GEORG LETHAM: Physician and Murderer

Details of the animal testing are gruesome. His own attitude is obnoxious, but changes to more of a snarky sensibleness as events progress. His father's heartlessness is painful, and many events are described so brutally that you may cringe and have to put the book down for a few minutes.

One thing is constant: Georg is honest even when it would suit him to be less so. And despite the difficulties, this book is something you can't put down and certainly won't want to. To say that I wasn't expecting how this story unfolded would be an understatement. Georg Letham was a respected doctor with a passion for scientific research. All it took was a series of small mistakes one fateful night and his life spiraled into a hell he could not have imagined. This book takes the reader onto a sensory and emotional rollercoaster. Written in the style of a memoir, my first impression of Georg was that of a man who was bored with his wife, desperate for money and afraid of his father.

The murder that takes place is almost incidental. What takes centerstage are the events that lead up to it, and the events following the murder. What could drive a man, a respected doctor and scientific researcher, to take a life, and once that life is taken, does he feel remorse and wish to atone for the crime, or is he emotionally detached as to not feel anything other than regret that he made a few mistakes leading to his arrest and subsequent punishment? As Georg faces exile on a steamy tropical island where many have died from yellow fever, memories of his father flit through his mind I don't quite get the horrible experiment with his father's dog on the ship, which left me with a very nasty taste in my mouth.

Once on the island, all convicts are assigned duties. Georg and another is initially assigned to clean out the morgue and there meets an old colleague who's trying to study how the disease is spreading.

Georg Letham: Physician And Murderer

There is a very detailed study of mosquitoes and before long, a team is gradually formed to engage in a secret experiment Drama abounds in this book and some very interesting details on how experiments are conceived and implemented. What's equally interesting is Georg's evolution or perhaps the emergence of his true self.

My main gripe though is that it was unclear Georg and his fellow convict managed to recover from their bout of yellow fever after so many before and after them died from it. I'd recommend this guardedly. I can see how some will be put off by the vivid descriptions of the rats, the convicts and their condition on the ship, details of patients suffering from yellow fever and even a baby's birth. But for the less squeamish, this is a pretty riveting read. Here at Walmart. Your email address will never be sold or distributed to a third party for any reason.

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    Description First published in and now appearing for the first time in English, Georg Letham: Physician and Murderer is a disquieting anatomy of a deviant mind in the tradition of Crime and Punishment. Letham, the treacherously unreliable narrator, is a depraved bacteriologist whose murder of his wife is, characteristically, both instinctual and premeditated. Convicted and exiled, he attempts to atone for his crimes through science, conceiving of the book we are reading as an empirical report on himself--whose ultimate purpose may be to substitute for a conscience.

    Yet Letham can neither understand nor master himself. His crimes are crimes of passion, and his passions remain more or less untouched by his reason--in fact they are constantly intruding on his "report," rigorous as it is intended to be. Both feverish and chilling, Georg Letham explores the limits of reason and the tensions between objectivity and subjectivity. Moving from an unnamed Central European city to arctic ice floes to a tropical island prison, this layered novel--with its often grotesquely comic tone and arresting images--invites us into the darkest chambers of the human psyche.