Welcome to our first-in-a-long time Book Menage, featuring the titles The Doctors' Plague: Germs, Childbed Fever, and the Strange Story of Ignac Semmelweis by Sherwin Nuland and The Birth of Love, by Joanna Kavenna!
I thought what we'd do is open today with a few general questions about both books, and then cover each book individually in the next few days. On Friday we'll have a wrap-up. As always, feel free to leave a question for the group in the discussion comments, and I'll happily pull those out and post them. So here we go! Thanks for participating, and enjoy the Menage!
1. Which book did you choose to read first, and why?
2. Do you think the order in which you read the books affected your experience of them?*
3. How do you think men and women would react differently to these books? Do you think men would read them, based on their subject matter?
4. Were you more interested in this subject after you read these books, or was that "more than quite enough, thank you"?
As always, feel free to answer any or all of the questions in the comments. I'll wait to participate--I don't want to skew the discussion.
*This question is from Care, who posted her reviews of each of these books last week. If you'd like to post reviews of these books, let me know in the comments or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your links and I'll include links to your reviews in Friday's post.