There was a time, not so long ago, when the medical community had not even agreed on a name for the new, complex, and lethal illness caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. The Leper’s Burlesque is a work of fiction, as are its characters and setting. Yet the story it is based on is achingly true.
This novella tells of patient Damien Frey, as well as that of the developing relationship between his caretakers, Aaron Payne, a family physician, and Alice “Ali” Broome, a registered nurse. The setting is Austerity, South Carolina, a town in the Piedmont foothills of the Smoky Mountain chain of Appalachia.
John R. Guthrie is a former Marine infantry rifleman. He then garnered a formal education to include medical school and became the commanding officer of a U.S. Navy Reserve Shock Surgical Group before going into private practice in the Smoky Mountain foothills of Appalachia. He is the editor and publisher of the monthly webzine The Chickasaw Plum: Politics and the Arts Online. (Link)