Book Review: “Dr. Breen’s Practice” by William Dean Howells
Another masterpiece in realism. This book, written in 1881, portrays the very first female doctor in American literature. Shortly after graduating from medical school, she takes a vacation with a sick friend that she is tending. The experience causes her to doubt her abilities as a woman, to be a doctor--both in experience and temperament.
The novel involves romance and a little bit of adventure, but as always, Howells captures a slice of American life. The peripheral characters are very entertaining, and I think that was the best part.
Score another one for Howells.