CUTTING FOR STONE a novel by Abraham Verghese
This is an engrossing saga which originates in the thin clear air of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia during the middle of the twentieth century. Two boys, identical twins are born amidst confusion, hysteria, pain, death, and miraculous circumstances. Even before drawing breath one is the savior and comfort of the other.
Ethiopia had been a Christian country that remained uncolonized by European forces until WWII when it was invaded by Mussolini. Their great Emperor Haile Selassie was descended from the Queen of Sheba and Solomon himself. At Missing Hospital where the boys Shiva and Marion are born a great medical service is provided to the community. There is an excellent internist, a skilled Ob-Gyn surgeon, and an extraordinary surgical team Sister Mary Praise and Dr. Thomas Stone. From this core cast of characters comes an amazing story that teaches and humbles.
The title of this book os taken from the Hippocratic Oath ” I shall not cut for stone…” meaning that a practitioner of the art of medicine will not do surgery unless he is qualified to to do.