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phrenology, history, Canadian fiction, mystery, sexuality, medicine, psychology

The Phrenologist
by Susan Yaremczuk

Professor Phineas Crowne was born in Toronto Canadawith a peculiar purple protrusion on his forehead. This curious anomaly sometimes impedes and sometimes accelerates Phineas' emotional and physical development and his navigation through the stages of life. From birth to death Phineas' must contend with his peculiarity and with excruciating headaches that worsen as he ages.

Despite his infamous bulge Crowne's rare intelligence catapults him into the world of pseudo medicine. In the latter half of the nineteenth century, while studying under the tutelage of renowned phrenologist Orson Fowler, Phineas Crowne begins what becomes an amazing career in the city of his birth.

Through “The Phrenologist” the author enlightens the reader on this lost science by paralleling the thirty seven bumps of the skull with the drama of Phineas' life.

The abnormal growth remains a mystery until at the conclusion of the captivating tale the author reveals the shocking truth of the BUMP.

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Susan Yaremczuk was born in Brantford, Ontario, Canada and studied Physical and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto. After an exciting career of working at hospitals with emotionally disturbed teenagers, the criminally insane and at a school for physically challenged blind children Yaremczuk retired to follow her passion of writing.

The idea for her third novel The Phrenologist was prompted by an old photograph of her great grandfather which is portrayed on the cover of the book. The author’s two previous novels Umbelliferae and its sequel Mother Die were instigated by stories and legends of Newfoundland told to her by her paternal grandmother. Yaremczuk a widow of four years now lives in Saint George Ontario dividing her time between writing her next novel The Silver Thorn and her four children and her amazing grandchildren Alexander and Sebastien.


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