Literature and Medicine Series

Elizabeth Hadas, Frank Huyler, MD, and David P. Sklar, MD, Series Editors

The art of writing and the science of medicine offer very different approaches to some of the most intense and mysterious human experiences. The Literature and Medicine Series, jointly sponsored by the University of New Mexico Press and the University of New Mexico’s Health Sciences Center, brings together these two ways of understanding. Comprising fiction and creative nonfiction, the series showcases stories that explore the nature of health and healing and the texture of the experience of illness.

The Young Neurosurgeon

Lessons from My Patients
By Paul Edward Kaloostian

Paul Kaloostian’s intimate account describes both the lifesaving feats and tragic failures that are the daily ups and downs of twenty-first century neurosurgery.

Subjects: MedicineMemoir

Leaving Tinkertown

By Tanya Ward Goodman

“Goodman writes beautifully. The characters are well drawn, compelling, and convincing. Most importantly, the book has genuine emotional power, which builds as the story unfolds, even though how it will end is understood from the beginning.”--Frank Huyler, author of The Blood of Strangers

Subjects: MemoirSouthwest

Beyond Words

Illness and the Limits of Expression
By Kathlyn Conway

Author Kathlyn Conway, a three-time cancer survivor, believes that the triumphalist approach to writing about illness fails to do justice to the shattering experience of disease. By wrestling with the challenge of writing about the reality of serious illness and injury, she argues, writers can offer a truer picture of the complex relationship between body and mind.