Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple
Morgan, Nicola.
New York : Delacorte, 2004
ISBN 038573154X
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During the early part of the 1800s, surgery was not exactly done under modern conditions.  Young Robbie is devastated when his mother dies after surgery to remove a tumor from her breast.  His father is so distraught that he leaves the family leaving Robbie to take care of his younger sister.  When Robbie gets involved with some shady characters in a deal to deliver fresh bodies to the doctor who operated on his mother, Robbie begins to sink deeper into depression.  And he begins to wonder where these bodies are coming from.
SUBJECTS:     Knox, Robert, 1791-1862 -- Fiction.
                        Physicians -- Fiction.
                        Poverty -- Fiction.
                        Scotland -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction.
                        Medicine -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.
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