Published: 15/09/2017
ISBN: 9781788033435
eISBN: 9781788031059
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Current position: Professor Emeritus of Surgery and visiting Prof. of Medical Humanities, University College London. Michael Baum qualified in medicine at Birmingham University medical school in 196... read more

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Aaron's Rod
by Michael Baum

During the archaeological excavations of Lachish in 1938, James Starkey discovers a copper scroll in a clay cylinder buried under a pyramid of skulls dating back to the Assyrian conquest in the 7th Century. The contents of the scroll are so sensitive that he hides the find in a cave at Maresha where his body is found the following morning.

Just over 70 years later Professor Joshua Black, professor of surgery at London University, is discovered hanging from a tree on Hampstead Heath; an apparent suicide. But Olive Hathaway, an elderly genteel lady has reason to suspect that his death was not a suicide at all. Dr. Sanjay Manchandra also has reason to believe that Professor Black had not taken his own life. The English widow and the young expatriate Indian surgeon, link up as an unlikely pair of detectives.

The amateur sleuths follow the trail from London to the Holy Land, and on to the secret scroll hidden all those years before. This in turn leads them to a treasure trove in a vault deep underground at the site of the Temple of the ancient northern kingdom of Samaria near the Syrian border and the Golan Heights. The climax of the story is the battle for the possession of Aaron’s rod between the allies and the so-called Islamic State

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"Breast Beating: one man's odyssey in the search for an understanding of breast cancer, the meaning of life and other easy questions" Anshan publishers, 2010, Short listed for Peoples book prize 2011
Michael Baum is both a pioneer and a visionary in the fight against Breast cancer. In this brutally honest biography, he shares the highs and lows of both the personal and professional battles he has faced in his life which continues to be dedicated to the improvement of the quality and length of lives of his cancer patients.
In this biography, we travel with Baum through the history of breast cancer, interwoven with the influences of his family, friends and Judaism, often clouded by a bittersweet relationship with the British health system.
Baum also gives the reader an insight into the role Holism in medicine and the benefits of a multi-disciplinary approach, from art, literature, mathematics and philosophy, and their contribution to better understanding both disease and treatment. He also discusses the dichotomy of hard-earned progress through dedicated cancer research and the parallel of a dramatic growth in disproven `Alternative Medicine'.
Breast cancer survivors are reminded of the debt of gratitude they owe to both Baum and other scientists who "think outside the box" and are prepared to fight for their conviction. The book is also a testimony to the patients who volunteer for clinical trials, often at great risk, so that the progress in treatments can go forward based on solid research, so that future generations can benefit from their devastating diagnosis.
A riveting and easy to read book about the life of a living legend that I just couldn't put down.
Loretta Marron
Breast Cancer Survivor

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I appreciated the way this book used time in its storytelling. I was engaged from the beginning, and found this author's style very inviting.

This was an entertaining book that seemed to rush by, and I was interested in the way the author used some unique concepts to create a working and unfolding mystery.

by JD DeHart

Aaron's Rod is extremely well written. The plot is creative but plausible and character development is great. The novel is written in a style reminiscent of the late 1800s and early 1900s. My only knock is the story takes longer to play out than really needed.

by Tony Walsh

Could not put this one down. A well-written & well thought out novel. The characters are engaging & the plot is believable. The twists and turns make for a brilliant read.

by Cath Bell


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