• Title: Sensing Light
  • Author: Mark A. Jacobson
  • ISBN: 9781612435701
  • Page: 303
  • Format: Paperback
    A POWERFUL WORK OF FICTION THAT AUTHENTICALLY EVOKES THE BAD AND THE GOOD Eric Goosby, MD, US Global AIDS Coordinator, 2009 13 A MOVING STORY OF DOCTORS NAVIGATING THE INTERSECTIONS OF SUFFERING, AMBITION AND DISCOVERY Krista Bremer, My Accidental JihadThis breakout book by Mark A Jacobson, a leading Bay Area HIV AIDS physician, follows three people from vastly diffe A POWERFUL WORK OF FICTION THAT AUTHENTICALLY EVOKES THE BAD AND THE GOOD Eric Goosby, MD, US Global AIDS Coordinator, 2009 13 A MOVING STORY OF DOCTORS NAVIGATING THE INTERSECTIONS OF SUFFERING, AMBITION AND DISCOVERY Krista Bremer, My Accidental JihadThis breakout book by Mark A Jacobson, a leading Bay Area HIV AIDS physician, follows three people from vastly different backgrounds, who are thrown together by a shared urgency to find out what is killing so many men in the prime of their lives Kevin, a gay medical resident from working class Boston, has moved to San Francisco in search of acceptance of his sexual identity Herb, a middle aged supervising physician at one of the nation s toughest hospitals, struggles with his own emotional rigidity And Gwen, a divorced mother raising a teen daughter, is seeking a sense of self and security while endeavoring to complete her medical training Mark A Jacobson, a professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco and attending physician at San Francisco General Hospital, began his internship in 1981, just days after the CDC first reported a mysterious, fatal disease affecting gay men.

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    1. Mark A. Jacobson, is a professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco and an attending physician at San Francisco General Hospital. He began his internship days after the Center For Disease reported a mysterious, fatal formof immunodeficiency in five gay men and was soon after assigned responsibility for critically ill patients with this syndrome. This is a heartrending Historical Fiction of the onset of the AIDS epidemic. Living in the Bay Area, having lived through this pe [...]

    2. Broke "write" wrist--review to followI'd like to thank Ulysses Press, Giveaway, and Mary Bisbee-Beek for an ARC of "Sensing Light: A Novel."Because of a broken wrist, it has been almost two months since I finished reading this book and able to write my review. Through Mark A. Jacobson's ability to write such a deeply-moving account of the AIDS epidemic; the history of the research involved through such dedicated scientists and physicians; and the fictional characters that I quickly grew to care [...]

    3. This is an incredibly well written, historically accurate novel set in the first 10 years of the AIDS epidemic at its epicenter in San Francisco. Through beautifully written prose, this book touches on many of the controversial and challenging issues that were faced by the patients, the community, the healthcare system, and the health care providers in those early years, when the disease was hardly understood, the community was deeply afraid and many were angry that more was not being done on ev [...]

    4. Also posted on Eva Lucias blogIn 1979, an epidemic begins… AIDS. Four deadly letters. ”Sensing Light” is a novel based on the topic and written by Mark A. Jacobson.The novel presents with a heavy topic that been on people’s mind for a while. Even though, it was brought to our attention a long time ago, it is still a topic. Every now and then, the media takes it up. Not long ago in Denmark, a “kissing video” was made – whether or not, people dared to kiss people who had AIDS or HIV. [...]

    5. Edelweiss copy in exchange of an honest review.The story starts in 1979, when Kevin Bartholomew, young ER doctor faces a strange case he can’t seem to solve. Larry Winton, 27, young male prostitute with no medical history, is dying. No one knows why. Is it TB? Is it pneumonia? it doesn’t fit the whole case.They can’t save him.Fast forward three months later, and they still haven’t pierce the secret of this strange case, despite the autopsy. Larry’s death remains a mystery.Now it’s 19 [...]

    6. I am proud to know the author of this book through a friend I used to teach with for many years! I received an "Advance Copy" to read and then review. This is a must read, a work of historical fiction that will effectively and easily teach readers about the AIDS epidemic in the late seventies, and eighties. In 1979, a few men walked into San Francisco's City Hospital with pneumocystis, a profoundly impaired immune system. The doctors did not know what was behind this disease. They saw men strugg [...]

    7. "Sensing Light" is historical fiction that reads like a slowly unfolding mystery: it is an insider’s view of the AIDS crisis in America. Why were all these men becoming terribly ill and dying? This was the beginning of a horrific epidemic, but no one knew that in 1979.The author, Dr. Mark A. Jacobson, who works in the HIV program at San Francisco General Hospital, was an intern when the first cases of “GRID” appeared; he was thus perfectly situated to personally witness the emerging histor [...]

    8. An extraordinary novel about the AIDS epidemic as it unfolded in the 1980s. I too was a young physician in San Francisco during this time and am tremendously impressed by Dr. Jacobson’s handling of this material and the resulting wonderful novel that he has given us. We were overwhelmed and horrified by the staggering numbers of young bright talented patients being affected, by their unspeakable deterioration and untimely deaths, while simultaneously dealing with our own profession’s inadequ [...]

    9. Sensing Light is a gripping, fast-paced novel that puts the reader in the midst of the evolving AIDS crisis, as experienced through the eyes and lives of the medical professionals who faced it. As I read this novel from Mark Jacobson (who was there on the medical front lines himself during the period covered), I was reminded of historian Davis McCullough's warning that when we look back on history we must remember that historical figures were flesh and blood human beings just like usople with fa [...]

    10. I really enjoyed this book it might be fiction, but the author was a doctor who was on the front lines when AIDS hit so it read more like nonfiction. Therefore, you learn a lot about how the disease started, the research for finding medications to treat it, also how researchers found how to test people for the disease. In Addition to, the politics behind the disease, how it was first called GRID = Gay-Related Immune Deficiency to changing it to HIV and AIDS.The doctors who were on the front line [...]

    11. I loved this book. It has wonderful characters, an intriguing story line (and one that has personal interest for me - but more on that later) and it helped my mind to wander and think about some of those serious and important life questions.So, why personal for me? As a hospital nurse in the 1980's and onward, I took care of sick people who had AIDS before we knew what that was. I remember the fear and the confusion; the few doctors who declared they'd never care for one of 'those' patients and [...]

    12. This engrossing novel about the early years of the AIDS epidemic is a considerable achievement for a new novelist. Dr. Mark Jacobson, who has spent most of his career taking care of AIDS patients, tells a memorable and important story spanning nearly fifteen years from the point of view of three physicians committed to understanding the mysterious new disease and caring for patients who, at that time, had no hope of survival. Readers old enough to have lost friends and loved ones to the scourge [...]

    13. This is a wonderful novel that allows us to experience the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. The book is gripping, the dialogue snappy realistic and fresh. We are transported into the heart of a medical profession who are scrambling to understand what the hell is causing such wreckage and death to so many young healthy men and their desperate bid to turn the tides on this disease. The three main characters are compassionate interesting human smart and embody the kind of people who dedicated their [...]

    14. Sensing Light is a gripping fictional account of the AIDS crisis in SF, viewed through the lives of MD's at the center of the epidemic. The characterizations are vivid. You come to know and care about not only the main characters, but some of the secondary and even minor characters as well. There is a strong, well drawn dramatic arc. Even though the "real" history of the epidemic isn't "news," I found I was slightly breathless, as the fictional narrative unfolded. The science is well presented, [...]

    15. Hard to put down this novel about the personal and professional lives of three physicians in SF at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. The realistic and insightful portraits of the characters and their lives in academic medicine hooked me. Like other historical events, we have needed 30 years to process the pain before looking back on this era. Sensing Light allows us to relive some of that time as we continue to make progress.

    16. The work done in ward 86 in the 80s and 90s is a vital part of the history of the AIDS epidemic. But this was not the right book to do it justice. It had the flat, mechanical feeling of a lot of biography, but wasn't about any actual people. I didn't connect with any of the main characters. All of their emotions seemed blunted and watered down. I think it would have worked much better as a memoir, or maybe a series of research-heavy personal essays.

    17. A gripping and fast-paced account of the early days of the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco. You get to know the central characters very well, and they are vividly portrayed and quite believable. It is also a great introduction to a world that I knew nothing about: the emotional and professional lives of doctors faced with a constant stream of dying patients.

    18. I received this book as a giveaway. I was little reluctant to read a book on this subject matter having lost my brother to the epidemic. I was however very moved by the story as it was told from the beginning. This book was very well written and tastefully done. I would highly recommend for anyone whether they had first hand experience or not will the aides epidemic.

    19. Brings to life what it was like to be at the epicenter of the AIDS epidemic, San Francisco in 1979, from the point of view of 3 doctors who had no idea what was coming their way. Mark A . Jacobson weaves a story with great sensitivity and compassion. A compelling read.

    20. First off, I just wanted to thank Poetic Book Tours for letting me host a book blog tour of this book. It is such an honor. And thanks to the author too, for letting me read and review his book. Let’s start the review.This book is about the story of the three doctors who had the same goal during the outbreak of AIDS in 1979, which is to find out what AIDS is; what’s causing it; and what could be the possible cure for it.I’ll start talking about Kevin Bartholomew because he was the first pe [...]

    21. Author: Mark A Jacobson.Title: Sensing Light: A Novel.Genre: Fiction, Medical, Gay and Lesbian, Literature, Genre Fiction, Literature and Fiction, Historical,I got this book in exchange for an honest review. Somebody on behalf of the author contacted me through my book reviewing blog asking me to review this book. I would like to say a big thank you to Serena Agusto-Cox for taking the time to email me.First of all I would like to say a big thank you to Mark A Jacobson for sending me this book an [...]

    22. As I said to the author, Mark Jacobson, this, for me, did not read as a novel. The characters could have been people I knew and depended on in the first decade of the AIDS crisis. It is not a depressing story, it is a story of strength and survival for some and loss of others that we who were HIV positive in those days lived with on a daily basis. I wasn't overly happy to be taken back to those awful days and devastating opportunistic diseases, but I also appreciate that these stories need to be [...]

    23. If a readership could be won by earnestness and good intentions this novel would capture an enthusiastic audience. However this debut novel from a professor of medicine, who began his internship in 1981 simply moves too slowly to grab a general reader's interest. If you're interested in the early days of the AIDS epidemic and the mystification and uncertainties it engendered in the doctors at the front line you might want to give this a go.

    24. I ended up being pretty disappointed in this. I was excited about the premise, and it started out suspenseful: it's 1979 a young guy comes to the ER and it seems that his immune system has been knocked out and the doctors can't figure out why. Then suddenly it's a couple of years later and everyone knows there's some kind of immune disease attacking gay men. He totally skips the period of time when people were starting to notice a pattern and identify a new disease, which was my first clue the a [...]

    25. Sensing Light was written by a doctor and it shows. It can feel very clinical at times, but plus side, the medical parts are spot-on and explained very clearly. Still, I think Jacobson could have done a better job integrating the three main characters' stories to the general epidemic bigger story.Kevin, Herb and Gwen often just felt like pretences to be able to talk about the beginning of AIDS (even before it was called so). Don't get me wrong, it's very interesting and the reason I've picked up [...]

    26. Sensing Light takes its name from a passage towards the end of the novel. The protagonist, Kevin, who is both a doctor researching AIDS and an AIDS patient, is dying in a hospice, a converted Catholic church. He realizes he is dying and so chooses to sit alone upstairs in the light. As he sits in his wheelchair he turns towards the light and dies. This book, by a San Francisco based AIDS/HIV doctor, is a fictionalized account of the early discovery of a number of diseases afflicting gay men who [...]

    27. This book brought back all those memories of the time early on in the AIDS crisis All the frustration and anger at the government agencies that couldn't solve the problems quickly enough.d yes, all the anger and frustration with the gay men who fought to keep bath houses open but wanted every drug available to every AIDS patient regardless of the the possible deadly side effectsI don't think this book gave enough credit to all the women who were involved in the struggles but it is certainly wort [...]

    28. I loved this book. I was fascinated by the history of the AIDS epidemic. I loved the characters, they were so believable and compassionate. The character development and the way some changed over time was lovely. I felt like I was losing my friends when I finished the book. I also enjoyed the incorporation of a variety of religions. The tolerance and knowledge of different religious practices exemplified the type of world I would like to live in. I recommend this book to all my friends.

    29. Great historical fiction accomplishes what even the most studious and exhaustive compilation of facts and quotes cannot—the essence of what happened. That is what Dr. Jacobson has done—captured the essence of these early years of the AIDS epidemic. The battles, the drama, the politics, the horror, the exquisite pain and even joy—they’re all in this story.

    30. This fictional retelling of the beginning of the AIDS crisis brought back memories of those scary times. It was a quick read with some very brief chapters. I can't really say I enjoyed reading the book. I didn't find the three main characters very compelling although they certainly were meant to be heroes in the roles they played.

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