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Back to the Wards

The time Stanford graciously allowed me to pause medical clerkships to write and promote Spellbound has gone with the last of the summer. It was wonderful. Book tour was much busier and more fun this year. The time to research, write, and think was a rare luxury. But now, summer’s over. School’s back in. I […]

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Spellbound Book Tour Video

Last night I came stumbling in from a six city book tour.  Compared to last year, tour was more successful, more fun, and much more hectic. Thank you to everyone who came out to the events. Apologies to those for whom I didn’t have as much time as I would have liked. And for everyone […]

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New Fiction: The Autobiography of a Brain

Introduction To continue to celebrate Spellbound’s launch and book tour (hello from Dallas, btw), I’m publishing another organ-based magic realism story. As with The Heartbreaking Work of a Staggering Liver, this is an experimental bit of fiction that helped me to explore the close relationship I experience existing between literature and medicine. So, without further […]

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New Fiction: The Heartbroken Work of a Staggering Liver

Introduction In my mind, medicine and narration are intertwined. I understand nearly everything–from how a medication might work, to the course of an untreated disease–as a story. Perhaps that’s why I see literature and medicine as being woven of the same cloth. I know I understand a particular area of clinical medicine well when I […]

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My Second Bookday & Booktour

Dearly Beloved You People: Bookdays are to authors what birthdays are to everyone. The analogy is a pretty good one: each is an excuse to party, each may cause joy or anxiety, and we attach a great significance to each even though little to nothing of importance actually happens on the given day. That said, […]

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Whither Blogging?

Dearly Beloved You Guys: I’m not entirely sure when but somewhere in the past year my capacity for blogging suffered. I could blame the usual suspects: writing deadlines, a demanding day job, the need to have a personal life, blah blah blah. But really, true culprits are my Twitter and Facebook accounts. Between medicine and […]

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More Spellbound Reviews, More Book Tour

My rotation in pediatrics finished up with a month on the general medicine service at Stanford’s academic pediatrics center, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. It was the most demanding month of medical school so far, not only in terms of hours worked but also in terms of personal challenges. Many of my fundamental beliefs–some of them […]

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Early Reviews of Spellbound

My one day away from the children’s hospital this week just flashed by and now I find myself scrambling to blog before the madness begins again at 0500. Sigh. In any case, I’m very happy to report that there have been three published reviews of Spellbound, all of which I have summarized below. Romantic Times […]

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Spellbound Book Tour

Dearly Beloved You Guys: So, I’m nearly halfway through my pediatrics rotation and loving it. The kids are, as to be expected, unbelievably cute. More on that later. Possibly much later. Now I’ve very excited to announce Spellbound’s book tour. This year it’s looking like I’ll be running up and down the left side of […]

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New Foreign Cover Art

Dearly Beloved You Guys: By the time you read this, my week on the well-baby nursery will be afoot. Let’s hold the phone for a moment to think about well-babies. They’re cute. They pee and poop with abandon, and their physical findings are strange. Consider heart sounds. In the adult, the healthy human heart produces […]

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