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Med School for Writers: Color blindness

Med School for Writers: Color blindness

Color blindness—it’s all about the genes, baby. Recently, a writer asked me about color blindness. Color blindness is usually congenital (actually hereditary) and much more common in boys, since it is usually X linked. Women have two X chromosomes and usually only one is defective (a gene that codes for color vision). We all have two genes for each of thousands of traits, one from mom, one from dad. If a man has a defective gene on the X chromosome,…

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Med School 101 for writers: A Gunshot Wound to the Spine

Med School 101 for writers: A Gunshot Wound to the Spine

In a photo only the visible foreground information is used to generate the image. By contrast, in an x-ray, all of the information in the frame (hidden or not to the naked eye) is used to generate the image…

How I get into your head—with both pen & scalpel

How I get into your head—with both pen & scalpel

Med School 101 for writers: the mentality of surgeons and writers My day job is a fairly severe mistress, consuming my time with a vengeance matched only by the concentration required to complete many of my daily tasks. That may not sound like much, until I tell you that what I do between 9 and 5—well, more like 7 and 7 most days—is crack skulls.  No, I am not a bouncer at some hellishly belligerent bar, though I do have…

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Med School 101: Shock for writers

Med School 101: Shock for writers

A simple conception of shock is this. Think of the body as nothing more than a self contained hydraulic system, with the heart as the pump at the center of it all. The arteries and veins are the tubes and pipes through which the hydraulic fluid passes…

Just finished this one tonight. A truly awesome telling of The Battle of Antietam from the Southern viewpoint. Available now on Audible! Posted 3/12/2019

THE ABSOLUTION OF OTTO FINKEL

THE ABSOLUTION OF OTTO FINKEL

 THE ABSOLUTION OF OTTO FINKEL by John R. McKay. NOW AVAILABLE ON AUDIBLE! This historical novel tells the story of five boys, joined forever in the misery of a shared moment in childhood. Though only one is scarred physically, the ramifications of that terrible day reverberate years later for each of them. This is an epic telling of the momentous choices life offers, and the selections we make when pressed in the most extreme conditions imaginable. The stage of…

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Audiobook narrator Edison McDaniels reviews ‘I am perhaps dying’

Audiobook narrator Edison McDaniels reviews ‘I am perhaps dying’

I AM PERHAPS DYING: The Medical Backstory of Spinal Tuberculosis Hidden in the Civil War Diary of Leroy Wiley Gresham by Dennis Rasbach, MD, FACS A scholarly yet imminently readable and fascinating account of a twenty-first century surgeon’s analysis and perspective on the medical care and musings of one Leroy Wiley Gresham. If you read nothing else about medicine in the nineteenth century, read this. If you have no interest in medicine in the nineteenth century, read this. Leroy Gresham…

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Audiobook Narrator Edison McDaniels reads THE HYDE EFFECT

Audiobook Narrator Edison McDaniels reads THE HYDE EFFECT

Now Available! In the hills of Southern California, a series of violent and gruesome deaths occur within the space of a few hours. The murders are attributed to an unknown, savage animal. Precisely one month later, college student Meg Talley is attacked in the same manner. Astonishingly, she survives, but when she insists that her assailant was a hideous monster-like creature, she is called hysterical. Journalist Douglas Morgan, private eye Nick Grundel, and horror novelist Blake Corbett, however, have each…

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Audiobook Narrator Edison McDaniels reads Saving King

Audiobook Narrator Edison McDaniels reads Saving King

A shot rings out and a King dies. But for 64 minutes, the issue is in doubt. At 6:01 pm on April 4th, 1968, Martin Luther King was shot. He was pronounced dead at 7:05 pm at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Memphis, TN after a failed attempt at open cardiac massage. He was 39 years old. King was standing on the balcony outside room 306 on the second floor of the Lorraine Motel when, in the words of biographer Taylor…

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Audiobook Narrator Edison McDaniels reads Bottom of the 5th

Audiobook Narrator Edison McDaniels reads Bottom of the 5th

Have you seen the movie THE SANDLOT? Well, that was pretty much my childhood. As a ten year old, it seemed the mysteries of life came alive through baseball. This is a story straight out of those glory days of playing baseball on the diamonds of Southern California, of the smell of cut grass in the outfield, of hitting impossible homers on and off the field. And of ghosts. This story is very much about the ghosts of childhood. You…

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