René Anour lives in Vienna, where he studied veterinary science. His studies and research also led him to Harvard Medical School. He now works for the Austrian government’s agency for health and nutritional safety and advises the European Medicines Agency on newly developed medicines. In the Tower’s Shadow explores a fascinating chapter in medical history: the Tower of Fools, the world’s first psychiatric hospital.
IN THE TOWER’S SHADOW
Vienna, 1787. Alfred, a medical student, is fascinated by the infamous Tower of Fools, a place for the treatment of the insane that marks a new era in medical science. But the conditions in the asylum are catastrophic and the sight of the young woman with strange marks on her arms becomes etched into his memory.
Helene, a young woman of noble birth, is new to the Viennese court. Her father believes the epicentre of royal power to be a nest of vipers and wants to keep his daughter away from it. But he can’t protect her forever. Alfred and Helene are fated to meet and fall in love. And they will pay a high price…