My early medical work was in three broad categories:
research, teaching and caring for patients. With time and increasing
clinical responsibilities I left the laboratories where I had once
hoped to discover ways to extend the life expectancy of patients
suffering from that most malignant of brain tumors, the glioblastoma
multiforme. This work was done in the laboratories of The Massachusetts
General Hospital and The Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm. After
I left the laboratory I concentrated on patient care and teaching
responsibilities, sharing my work with students, interns, residents
and colleagues in general medicine and neurosurgery.
One year, eleven months and twenty-eight days had a lasting effect.
A sampling of letters sent me after the 1970 LOOK publication.
For a quarter century I studied, practiced and taught medicine,
more specifically neurosurgery. Who I am, what I did and how I did
it are perhaps best described by those for whom I cared and by those
near and dear to them. For that reason I have recorded snippets
of my professional life from letters sent by patients and their
loved ones. Dates and addresses have been redacted. I have changed
given names and replaced surnames with single letters. This correspondence
is otherwise unedited and any idiosyncrasies of spelling or grammar
NONFICTION IN PROGRESS
The stories of my patients and their maladies I've included under
the title of "Narrative Nonfiction in Progress". I've
tried to describe these neurosurgical topics in words and terms
readily accessible to the general reader.
Miscarriage is a detailed documentation of the circumstances
that led to my entering a second career in mid-life.
This narrative is replete with direct quotations, all taken from
the public record. The end result of this written record is a classic
example of the miscarriage of justice.