“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 […]

My final exam – and my first child

       Another extract from my memoir – meeting my first child patient in my Finals  I’ve distinguished myself through four medical school years by never setting foot inside Barts Children’s Unit. At twenty-six years old, the very notion of sick children sends shivers through me, chilled a few more degrees by Sister Kenton’s […]

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? […]

It’s never too late to have a happy childhood

Time for a new blog… this one about how laughter is good for whatever ails you  Patch Adams says “Show me the data that solemnity ever cured anything!” I first met Patch, Founder of the Gesundheit Institute, when he came to present at an Arts & Health symposium we ran at the University of Florida. […]

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 […]

Journeys with a Thousand Heroes

Journeys with a Thousand Heroes Introduction to my Memoir It was my mother’s precipitate death from cancer that lit the spark for my life caring for children with cancer. They in turn became my mentors and companions on my journey to reclaim—as did Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz—my full intelligence, heart, and home. The […]

Letter to Mummy

Letter to Mummy Blog 042518 I was inspired to write letters to myself by a letter I wrote to my mother when I turned 65 and retired from forty years of medical practice. Dorothy and I had already written quite a bit about art-based approaches to palliative care, and we learned it was common practice […]


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 […]