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3 months ago

The cover: In Chapter 33 of Dogmeat I describe a long walk I took with my friend and fellow resident Jonathan Hodes from UCSF in Parnassus to the Marin Headlands across the Golden Gate. Along the way, as we discussed our aspirations I took pictures. A serendipitous tongue of fog that came across the roadway of the bridge became an iconic photo of that era of my life. It also turned into a metaphor in Dogmeat for our early careers. This photo that fascinated everyone in the Midwest for many years, is now on the cover of Dogmeat. ... See MoreSee Less

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6 months ago

Not a day goes by when I don’t relive an experience from my Dogmeat days. It was 1986. I worked with Charlie Wilson at UCSF and Sean Mullan at the U of Chicago, famous chiefs and two disparate neurosurgeons. I penned a memoir about those days in 2014.
Today I was turning a scalp flap and asked the scrub tech for a dry lap-sponge to support it. “Roll it up like cannelloni,” I told her. I had heard it from Mike Edwards, pediatric neurosurgeon at UCSF one Saturday afternoon in 1986, when I helped him repair a myelomeningocele. He dissected out the splayed out cord and rolled it up, “like cannelloni.”
I didn’t know what cannelloni was. What I did know was that I was at UCSF learn adult neurosurgery with Dr. Wilson, but here, by sheer happenstance, because I was on call and Edwards needed an assistant, I was experiencing a pediatric procedure I had never seen before. In an hour I learned how to close a myelomeningocele. Later, as Chief Resident in Chicago, did it the way Edwards taught me.
In those days, I was not the San Francisco foodie gourmand that I am today. I only knew Turkish food, egg rolls & fried rice, hamburgers and fried chicken. Years later, I ordered a plate of cannelloni in an Italian eatery and appreciated Mike’s comment. “Roll it up like cannelloni,” became part of my regular O.R. lingo. It also ended up as a chapter in Dogmeat, my memoir of those days.
About a third of my OR staff don’t know cannelloni. So they get to hear an explanation followed by my often told anecdote about Mike.
In an unexpected epilogue, my editor Mim Harrison, a layperson who was both fascinated and horrified by my Dogmeat stories, sent me an e-mail soon after we completed final revisions of the manuscript. “My husband and I went to an Italian restaurant last night,” she said. “I had chicken!”
Dogmeat, A Memoir of Love and Neurosurgery in San Francisco, by Moris Senegor M.D. (2014), available as hardcover, paperback and Kindle at Amazon.com, and as an audiobook at Audible.com. For more details visit my website at morissenegor.com.
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10 months ago

"The airplane, on its final descent into SFO, looked as if it would land in the choppy waters of San Francisco Bay. I looked out my window and saw another plane close by, making a parallel run alongside us.Nowhere before had a seen two planes so visibly, precariously close."

I began Dogmeat with these words, a metaphor for the perils I was to encounter at UCSF and my subsequent safe landing. The memory of that descent, back in December 1985, is still quite vivid. You can see the two parallel runways of SFO jutting into the water and, in the complex take-off/landing patterns of the airport. The photo of the plane along the wing of another, brings that memory to life.
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1 years ago

An unexpected fan from Croatia. Thanks, Slaven.

Dogmeat: A Memoire of Love and Neurosurgery in San Francisco - By Moris Senegor M.D.
With "When the Air Hits Your Brain" by Frank T. Vertosick M.D., one of the best memoires I had read and emotional journeys I went on by reading them. They added on to who I was and in the process reshaped me, allowing me to think I might become the better, wiser, more compassionate version of myself that the journey had led me to, but had not explained it. In these memoires, however, the authors explained it.
"Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans" - Yes, that is true. But that is why we have books and language in the first place. To be able to interpret and realize in reverse the "Invisible process that was going on", as Senegor puts it, describing his budding love with Julie, and to discover the path we were already walking. All we need to do is read. Or listen to books. Let ourselves grow and become who we always had been inside of ourselves - Let this lead us. The world needs true ourselves, the uncanny, unprecedented, absolute. In this way we all truly are off for a great and bright future.
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Mark to Murder: Death in Budapest (New in 2018!)

Mark Kent has come to Budapest at the urgent—and mysterious—written request of his childhood friend from Turkey, Ahmet, whom he lost touch with years earlier. Mark had immigrated to the States, where he became a radiologist in California. Ahmet disappeared into eastern Europe, involved in various shady dealings, as Mark discovers, and with too many women.

In Budapest, Mark discovers his friend murdered in the Royal Suite at the Gresham Palace. The bloodless scene leaves Mark, a doctor, baffled. But he’s determined to find out who killed Ahmet, why, and how.

Mark’s life becomes a kaleidoscope of hit men, spurned women, and detectives who raise as many suspicions as questions. And who is this skulking figure trailing Mark—friend or foe?

When an attractive young Hungarian policewoman named Jasmin decides to help Mark with his investigation, he soon realizes that she has other motives as well. Mark finds her irresistible—yet knows that he must resist her.

The story’s climax takes place in one of Budapest’s public bath houses. Just when Mark thinks he’s put the many pieces of this deadly puzzle together, there’s yet another twist. And in the end, he must turn, once again, to Jasmin.

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A few words, oddly scribbled on the back of a radiology report, send Dr. Mark Kent, a California radiologist, back to the Old World, to a place he has never been for a reunion with a schoolmate he lost contact with years ago.

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The schoolmate’s business dealings, and a complicated amorous history, put Mark’s life in jeopardy and he soon becomes a target of risk by association. The author takes the reader through a tour of an ancient mid-European city, from glittering architectural splendor, elegant dining venues (with a sampling of regional culinary delights) and a twenty-first century bathhouse to gritty, odorous back rooms at the city market and a greasy mechanic’s workshop. Mark to Murder is a skillfully told tale that leaves the reader hoping for more.