Extracts from my new medical memoir

Professional Grief Show me the data that solemnity ever cured anything, Patch Adams, MD  There’s a term for it. For the grief that caregivers experience when we lose one of our patients. We call it “professional grief”—a phrase that in its clinical dryness captures the all-too-rare acknowledgment of its very existence. We may be trained […]

Virtual Book Launch of Singing to the Darkness

Dr. Patricia Vickers is the first Indigenous author to be published by our publishing house, HARP The People’s Press (www.harppublishing.ca). I first learned about Feast Hall writing style in her inquiry, Singing to the Darkness, in which Patricia includes monologues and meditations along with twenty of her original art pieces. Dr. Gabor Maté, author of […]

Yet another review of Blood Work!

This review comes from writer and media maven Denise Davies. Thank you for your generous words, Denise! This novel tells the story of Raig’s development of cancer and all that that entails.  How this sixteen-year-old girl comes through a near-death experience, how she finds joy and healing through art and music, how she learns through […]

Another Review of Blood Work

Blood Work: A Review by Adult Educator Leslee Larsen, December, 2019 I’m delighted to add another review of my YA novel, Blood Work, this one from adult educator Leslee Larsen, who captures the essence of the novel as a chance for what’s called transformative learning. As Leslee illustrates so well, ’Raig, the protagonist of Blood […]

“Blood Work” Reviews

“Blood Work” – New Reviews  New York Magazine reports that over sixty percent of Young Adult (YA) books are being bought by people aged eighteen to forty-four. The original target readership for young adult literature—twelve to eighteen—amounts to less than twenty percent of purchasers. So I’m delighted to share with you these recent reviews of […]

HARP: Our new publishing house

HARP Home HARP Publishing,  The People’s Press is a multi-media publisher focusing on the healing arts and the arts for health equity. Dorothy and I are co-publishers, and we are focusing on a popular readership of caregivers and care receivers, in both electronic and print media. About Our Logo The acronym, HARP, stands for Healing Arts, Reconciling People. […]

“Midder”

Here’s an extract from my newly published memoir, recalling my medical student days, when I first attended the delivery of a healthy baby. An awesome experience… After six months of professorial scholarship and seat-of-the-pants emergency medicine, I escape to sunnier climes, assigned for the month of July to my “midder”—midwifery—rotation at the North Middlesex Hospital […]

My memoir

I’m delighted to say my medical memoir has just been released by Wising Up Press http://universaltable.org/librarynonfiction/journeysthousandheroes.html Bookstore: http://universaltable.org/bookstore.html It is available from their bookstore (at a 25% discount) for $15 US, but after July 16 it will be on Amazon and other internet outlets at the standard price of $20 Journeys with a Thousand Heroes: A […]

What I Learned from Nurses

Over my 40-year career, most of it spent caring for children with cancer, nurses were my companions and my mentors. Here’s a piece I wrote in praise of them. What I Learned from Nurses Barts Hospital, London, 1967: Oncology Internship Staff waylays me in the intern’s office. “Have you thought of writing Jeffrey for opiates? […]