The Pious Ones

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Harper Perennial
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5.36 X 8.22 X 0.95 inches | 0.67 pounds

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About the Author
Dr. Berger graduated summa cum laude from Pennsylvania State University-Jefferson Medical College's 5-Year Accelerated Medical Program and trained in Internal Medicine at Georgetown University Hospital and Neurology at the University of Miami School of Medicine. An authority on the neurological complications of HIV/AIDS, he has studied and written extensively on the diverse ways in which HIV infection affects the brain and peripheral nervous system. Dr Berger has also studied and published on progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy. He is also an authority on multiple sclerosis and related disorders. He has published more than 230 peer-reviewed papers, more than 100 chapters, and edited 3 textbooks, including AIDS and the Nervous System; Clinical Neurovirology; and HIV/AIDS and the Nervous System. Dr Berger serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Neurovirology as well as several other editorial boards."

"Mr. Berger, who has reported on Hasidic communities for 30 years, plays the role of mythbuster.... The Pious Ones is a nice primer on Hasidim. There's so much more to say on this subject, and no one is better placed to do so than Joseph Berger. " -- Wall Street Journal

"A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the world of Hasidim.... [S]olid research and approachable writing." -- Kirkus

"For those who've wondered about the black-hatted men in frock coats with long beards, Berger ...provides many of the answers.... An absorbing read." -- Booklist

"Fascinating..., Although sympathetic, Berger does not romanticize the chasidim.... His book takes us on a remarkable journey into the complexities of their lives." -- Jewish Week

"The most intriguing sections in Berger's book discuss the conflicts between Hasidim and the more secular, often Jewish, neighbors with whom they butt heads over issues of property, pluralism and women's rights." -- New York Times Book Review