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Dr. Zastro's Sanitarium: For the Ailments of Women [Paperback]

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This beautifully written novel explores the joys and sorrows of passion during the 1880's. Fiercely independent Yana, a gypsy artist, is led to Dr. Zastro's Sanitarium in New York City, where this eminent physician uses hypnotic powers and electrical/magnetic apparatus in successfully treating his female patients. Spirited Yana is his prime awakening in a world of usually submissive women, forcing him to question his medical beliefs and structured life. Sparks ignite from their very first encounter, as Phillipe, isolated in his world of science, Yana, fortressed in her sphere of mysticism, collide in forays of deep emotion. Both defy their basic beliefs, succumbing to passions of deep love, bringing them to the brink of personal and professional destruction as they begin to see a world beyond their rigid views. This turn of the century narrative presents a microcosm of America in the 1880's and a histogram of the human heart.

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Pages   337
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 30, 2004
Publisher   Behler Publications
ISBN  1933016019  
ISBN13  9781933016016  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Ludmilla Bollow was born and raised in Wisconsin. She is a prize-winning playwright and a published novelist. She has taught playwriting, and has been commissioned to write plays. Her short stories, poetry, and articles have been printed in the U.S., England, and India.

Ludmilla Bollow currently resides in Milwaukee.

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A resonating tale of epic proportions, this
(pre) Turn of the Century romance, in which a
respected man of science (Dr. Zastro)
meets his artistic and most expressive
alter ego in the form of Yana--a fiercely
independent Gypsy woman.

A physician devoted to the methods of
scientific treatments amidst the soothing
and colorful environs of his most respected
establishment, Zastro uses his electrical
machines to deliver soothing impulses and
colored light therapy to relieve the troubled
senses and over-stressed bodies of his
female patients, rather than resorting to the
more drastic and popular surgical techniques
of his day.

Against the good doctor's very dedicated,
logical and orderly will, he awakens to
unearthly attraction and delight in the most
unexpected mind and spirit of the person of
Yana--who is opinionated and seeks to
change his mind as to whether science and
the creative temperament can be opposing,
yet cohesive.

Yana, steeped in the tradition of her Gypsy heritage
struggles to remain faithful to her nature while
embracing the love that sparkles in the air around
her. Dr. Zastro's destiny is foreshadowed by dark
events at work within the personalities that abide
within the confines of the sanitarium. Old ideas
must be cast aside and reborn into more
wondrous undertakings of the heart before these
two unlike and equally attracted souls will be
allowed an experience of time in togetherness.

A tale that will leave you altogether quickened and
breathless as it did me.

--January Keck
"Once upon a time there was a man named Phillipe and a woman named Yana..."  Aug 21, 2006
"... And then what happened?"

Dr. Zastro's Sanitarium For the Ailments of Women, a love story between two seemingly mismatched individuals, has a fairytale essence. Set in the 1880s, this is the story of Dr. Phillipe Zastro, founder of a pioneering healing place for women, and Yana, a flamboyant and intelligent gypsy who enters his three-week program. Both strong-willed individuals, they inadvertently fall in love, and the story revolves around their secretive coupling and the complications that arise around them and because of them.

Filled with colorful and provocative secondary characters, there's rarely a dull moment during the initial three-week period, when a handful of selected women of varying classes and degrees of education come to the sanitarium for Dr. Zastro's special and famous form/s of electrical healing. The women face a myriad of ailments, from sore limbs due to injury to nymphomania. The author, Ludmilla Bollow, transports the reader to this time and place, through artful prose and excellent storytelling. I don't think I've ever read a more tasteful and sensitive account of a couple experiencing lovemaking for the first time. There are several beautiful moments in this book, particularly when we learn about "the gypsy maxim" through Yana.

Beyond the three weeks in the Sanitarium, the story takes twists and turns into the future and paints a full portrait of this couple, for better or worse. A true delight to read and I highly recommend.

From the author of "I'm Living Your Dream Life," and "The Things I Wish I'd Said," McKenna Publishing Group.
I just finished reading the book today..When I got to the last chapter, I had tears in my eyes! ( I am a man )! The entire story has "WORD PICTURES" that are so vivid that I could actually SEE, FEEL & SMELL the atmosphere,flowers and all of the other elements that were present in the varius scenes.It is especially interesting that all of the procedures and machines used in the story were really used back in the 1800's..I not only LEARNED from this story but also received an insight into to HUMAN BEHAVIOR under very unique cercumstances..
Midwest Book Review  Sep 10, 2005
...Ms. Bollow has written a spellbinding story filled with yearning desire and heart-wrenching loss. Her characterizations are deftly portrayed and her depiction of the developing romance between Yana and Dr. Zastro delivered with sensitivity and sensuality. This historical peek into the views and practices of the medical field during the late 1800's regarding the treatment of women is fascinating to read, as is the manner in which the females were perceived and treated by men. A compelling book and one I recommend without reservation.
(Christy Tillery French - Midwest Book Review)
Nice debut  Dec 27, 2004
I enjoyed this book. The characters had very good development, and Yana was highly entertaining in her skeptical nature. The historical aspect of the book was also interesting to me, as I was able to see the way women were thought of and sometimes treated in this time period. I was not particularly fond of Dr. Zastro, I thought him a bit of a crackpot, but he was alright in the end. Speaking of the end, that's the only part I had a bit of a beef with, I didn't like the way it ended. Too disappointing for me, but I suppose that's how reality is. The plot is a bit unique, and I think if one is looking for something a little bit different, this is the book for you.

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