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Doctor Olaf van Schuler's Brain by Kirsten Menger-Anderson

Doctor Olaf van Schuler's Brain - Kirsten Menger-Anderson

This book has a unique approach to following a family through the generations, with each chapter dedicated to a small piece of one generation.  This family of doctors offers plenty of medical quackery, mental health issues, and family drama, but only a snapshot at a time.

Unfortunately, some of the chapters are less interesting than others, especially towards the end, and sometimes the characters felt a bit flat as well.  The writing is mostly well-done, but I wanted a bit more, maybe focusing on fewer generations and going in a bit deeper.