Musing of a Contemporary Pathologist

Thoughts on One More Birthday

Contrary to T.S. Eliot, April is definitely not—at least for me—the cruelest month. To the contrary, April has always meant springtime, sunshine, light rains (“ … April showers bring May flowers …”) and the promise of summer warmth and vacations. My mother was in labor struggling to deliver me for more than two days. Finally, on Wednesday, April 26, 1939, I entered the world weighing almost 9.5 pounds,...

Easter Memories

The New York Times crossword puzzle for Wednesday May 20, 2015 included, as a clue for 23 across: Holiday not widely observed by Quakers. The answer was: Easter. I did not know that about Quakers but I was reminded of one of the reasons to do crossword puzzles: you learn a lot. That puzzle also reminded me why, despite the bunnies and the painted eggs, I am not fond of Easter. The South Brooklyn neighborhood of my...

How NOT to learn about grand opera and other tales …

1939 was quite a year in the history of the world. World War II began when Germany attacked Poland. The Spanish Civil War ended as Franco conquered Madrid. Albert Einstein wrote to President Roosevelt urging him to build an atomic bomb. Regular television broadcasts began. The first air-conditioned automobile was sold by Packard and the entirely independent Hewlett-Packard company was founded. The first...

THE Dodgers, once and forever

  Many times, in the years after my 1984 move to Los Angeles from New York, colleagues would invite me to go with them to Dodger Stadium in Chavez Ravine to see the Los Angeles Dodgers play. I always politely declined, usually saying only that I had lost my interest in baseball many years ago. Sometimes I would be rather blunt and say that whoever was now playing baseball had nothing to do with my team, nothing...

A Little Piece of Me

Since I was a student at New York’s Stuyvesant High School I have wanted to write fiction. I chose, however, to study medicine and have had a successful career as a pathologist with special interests in liver diseases, autopsy and medical history. I am very excited my first novel has been published. Although it draws upon my life’s experiences it is fiction. A brief summary is below. I hope you read my...