In Two Voices: A Patient and a Neurosurgeon Tell Their Story
- Kohn, Martin
- Date of entry: Aug-05-2019
About 20 Years ago, Linda Clarke, writer, professional storyteller and bioethics consultant was a neurosurgery patient of a colleague, Michael Cusimano at St. Michael's hospital in Toronto Canada. What was a distant relationship turned into one that was much closer. 10 years ago, Linda and Michael had a dialogue about recounting the story of her surgery and their relationship together. Linda became the "architect" of their project-- and they became co-authors in 2019 of In Two Voices: A Patient and a Neurosurgeon Tell their Story. The result is a lyrical co-memoir-- at times riveting, at other times sobering of their shared experience. What is probed goes much deeper than the facts, exposing the actors involved, their lives outside of their callings, their upbringing, and, most importantly, their differing interpretations of an important event during the surgery that only came to full light during the writing process.
Although the title of this work claims two voices, there are both foreword and afterword sections that are worthwhile additions to the book, as well as a section closing the main text, titled "Standing By", written by Linda's husband, James, that adds fresh perspective to the story.
Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia