Archive: August 2013 - Deborah Tuite

Whatever happened to . . .

In Taken Aback, Dr. Hans Sloane is a novice physician in his mid-twenties. Just four years after completing his degree at the University of Orange, he became a Fellow of the College of Physicians in 1687 and in that same year accepted the position of personal physician to the Duke of Albemarle, the new governor of Jamaica. The adventure was not only a considerable step-up in his career; it also offered a completely new world from which to collect specimens. An avid amasser of flora, fauna, and oddities of all sorts since childhood, Sloane was in his element. But his adventure in Jamaica lasted...

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