by Kirsten Menger-Anderson, MA, 290 pp, $22.95, ISBN-13 978-1-56-512561-2, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2008.
Intelligent, imaginative, and consummately researched, Kirsten Menger-Anderson's novel Doctor Olaf van Schuler's Brain treats a family of physicians from the progenitor's arrival in New Amsterdam through his seventh great-grandson's death. The 13 chapters comprise interlocking short stories related by place (New York City), theme (intention vs outcome in medical practice), and character (the van Schulers and their descendants, the Steenwycks). A genealogical chart in the frontispiece helps readers navigate the complex labyrinth of relationships.
Doctor Olaf van Schuler’s Brain. Arch Neurol. 2011;68(2):260-263. doi:10.1001/archneurol.2010.368