“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 […]


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 […]

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? […]

First Blood, Hektoen, 2016

First Blood Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, London, 1970 I’m astounded I’ve landed one of the coveted G.O.S. senior resident jobs: the academic nature of the place immediately daunts me. Everyone bows down to its status as the foremost pediatric research hospital in Europe, perhaps the world, the faculty all confining their work to one or […]


My blog for today – April 22 – is a true story Marilyn Gerriets reminded me of after church today. It’s a tale of karma I hadn’t thought of  in twenty years. As always, I’ll put a link on my facebook. Twins Thirteen-year-old Renee had to compose an essay about American health care for a […]

Imagination and Health

Imagination and Health Blog 04/20/18  Art is the use of the imagination, that magical quality which marks us out as different from every other living being. In our culture, most people think that art is only for “special” people, but I’ve always been especially interested in artists who aren’t in it to become famous, but […]