New York: The Macaulay Company. Good+. (c.1933). First Edition. Hardcover. (no dust jacket) [moderately shelfworn but still decent copy (hinges a little tender but still intact), light soiling/spotting to red cloth covers, slight fading to spine, minor fraying at most corners]. Medical expose, in the best sensationalistic Macaulay manner, a sequel to "The Interne" (which had been co-written by Furman with major Harlem Renaissance figure Wallace Thurman). "The Interne" had given its readers a purported look behind the scenes in a large public hospital through an account of the residency of Dr. Carl Armstrong; this book follows Dr. Carl into private practice, as the staff physician in a large textile mill. Per the blurb, it's "a powerful, breath-taking book that lays bare fearlessly and frankly the perils and temptations that surround a young medico. Crooked politicians, shady lawyers, grafting lodge officials, sensual women patients, racketeering druggists, greedy mill executives," and so forth. (Sounds vaguely familiar, doesn't it, as we contemplate the current state of the glorious American health care racket, er, system?) The author's writing style, sniffed the New York Times, "approximates a tabloid's headlines [which I think was the point, really] and unfailingly ruins every chance his materials offered for the production of a novel worth the mature reader's attention." . (Inventory #: 14296)
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