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Young Dr. Bromgard has come to a small country town to assume a new practice. No sooner has he arrived than he receives word that a colleague, Dr. Polyakov, has fallen gravely ill. Before Bromgard can go to his friend's aid, Polyakov is brought to his practice in the middle of the night with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and, barely conscious, gives Bromgard his journal before dying. What Bromgard uncovers in the entries is Polyakov's uncontrollable and merciless descent into morphine addiction -- his first injection to ease his back pain, the thrill of the drug as it overtakes him, the looming signs of addiction, and the feverish final entries before his death.
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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 114 x 178 x 8mm | 66g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0811221687
  • 9780811221689
  • 296,079

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One of the great writers of the twentieth century. --A. S. Byatt"
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6,109 ratings
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4 37% (2,261)
3 20% (1,232)
2 4% (270)
1 1% (53)
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