chapter  11
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Medicine, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Love in the Time of Cholera

You might be wondering why I am writing about Gabriel Garda Marquez (born 1927) in a surgical research journal, or in any medical journal for that matter. Well, your concern is legitimate. But after you ex­ plore the wonders of the Nobel-winning author, Gabriel Garda Marquez and Love in the Times o f Cholera (1985), your mind will certainly change. Indeed, in this outstanding novel, the recognized Colombian writer introduces, in addition to the sublime love affair of Fermina Daza and Florentino Ariza, a well-respected and European-trained physician with postgraduate training in medicine and surgery, Dr. Juvenal Urbino.1 Through Gabriel Garda Marquez and the extraordinary deeds of Dr. Urbino, surgeons and physicians in training and practice can learn the lessons of medical humanism presented by the Nobel laureate.