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1 Furman, A.L. Private Practice
New York The Macaulay Company (c.1933) First Edition Hardcover Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [moderately shelfworn but still decent copy (hinges a little tender but still intact), light soiling/spotting to red cloth covers, slight fading to spine, minor fraying at most corners]. Medical expose, in the best sensationalistic Macaulay manner, a sequel to "The Interne" (which had been co-written by Furman with major Harlem Renaissance figure Wallace Thurman). "The Interne" had given its readers a purported look behind the scenes in a large public hospital through an account of the residency of Dr. Carl Armstrong; this book follows Dr. Carl into private practice, as the staff physician in a large textile mill. Per the blurb, it's "a powerful, breath-taking book that lays bare fearlessly and frankly the perils and temptations that surround a young medico. Crooked politicians, shady lawyers, grafting lodge officials, sensual women patients, racketeering druggists, greedy mill executives," and so forth. (Sounds vaguely familiar, doesn't it, as we contemplate the current state of the glorious American health care racket, er, system?) The author's writing style, sniffed the New York Times, "approximates a tabloid's headlines [which I think was the point, really] and unfailingly ruins every chance his materials offered for the production of a novel worth the mature reader's attention." 
Price: 75.00 USD
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2 Furman, A.L. Unmarried Wife
New York The Macaulay Company (c.1933) First Edition Hardcover Fair in Fair dj Illustrated by (dj) Gretta 
[apparently an ex-rental library book, although bearing no stamps as such; both book and jacket are worn and soiled, the jacket flaps are firmly affixed to the pastedowns, and the jacket appears to have been trimmed slightly, exposing about 1/8" of the covers at both top and bottom edges]. Scarce novel about two young internes who fall in love, but "consummate their love in secret" because hospital regulations forbid them from marrying. In the course of the story, which exposes "the human realities and the pitfalls of common-law marriage," the young couple are plagued by the "prying vindictiveness of hospital authorities," not to mention the meddling of "a shameless, wealthy nymphomaniac and her circle of wastrels." It ain't pretty (and neither is this beat-up book) -- but I just couldn't resist the cover image, of a lovely young woman holding up her infant child for the inspection of a judge. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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