“Congress approved the new mission for the SEALs. It was based on the evidence you and others have sent from Iraqi and Afghanistan interrogations that terrorists are here from overseas battlefields.” Navy Captain Paul Spada and Congress thus set Islamic extremists in the US as military targets. It was the persistence of Navy SEALS like CDR Wilson Dakin that brought this about. The Navy SEALs become the combat arm of the CIA, DEA, and FBI, under the command of Captain Spada and CDR Wilson Dakin. Their mission is to eliminate all Islamic extremists who have infiltrated this country before they start killing American citizens. Dakin’s Headquarters is in Ocean City, Maryland. Their actions begin in Boston’s MIT, followed by a major confrontation in Las Vegas. The major US battle is yet to come and it’s in Scottsdale, Arizona. A merge of al Qaeda, Taliban and ISIS assemble a pilgrimage of non-extreme Muslim worshipers to meet in Scottsdale. They are to face MECCA and show Americans they are indeed peaceable people. The jihadist plan is to kill all 100,000 thousand of them, to evoke terror, and polarize the world as pro-and-anti-Islam. It is a set up for war just like WWII with its fascists and anti-fascists–a new Axis and Ally confrontation which can result in WWIII.
Navy SEAL teams begin their infiltration of Las Vegas Casinos. Terrorists have been embedded throughout Vegas Casinos and Navy SEAL leader CDR Dakin needs to find and engage the Iranian-backed Al Qaeda banker. He knows the man is the CEO of the major banks within the neon city. Dakin is disguised as a high roller gambler, and with CIA operatives as Casino personal, he plans to catch the bank executive off guard. CIA dealers are to facilitate Dakin's guise as a frivolous big bucks patron. Dakin must win big to achieve a face-to-face meeting. The trick is to do this without being labeled as a dishonest gambler and thrown out of Las Vegas before he meets the head banker terrorist. This excerpt provides background for CDR Dakin's scheme.
Navy Seal CDR Wilson Dakin sent interrogation tapes to DC indicating terrorist groups had already established cells in the US. The US Government assigned the SEALs to seek them out and destroy such AL-Qaeda enemies before they struck Americans down. Dakin also learned that jihadists from the Middle East were turning peaceable US Islamics into terrorist elements. And now many did not have to be Islamics at all but of any faith to be wooed by the jihad. This excerpt is a conversation between CDR Dakin and his CO about a woman of personal interest. He initiates a background check on her and just as he's getting romantically involved, the woman is not at all what she seems to be.
Navy SEAL CDR Wilson Dakin is after his target martyr in Boston. The Islamic terrorist Farsier posing as a political mediator for the assembly of pacifists at MIT feels invincible. His meeting with Dakin changes all that and after Farsier contacts his jihad manager known only as ZEE, his fate is sealed for his failure to execute the terrorist plan. This episode represents how jihad terrorist cells in the US can move freely and become poised for mass killings of unwary Americans. The President via his military advisors have mobilized Navy SEALs to seek out and destroy all terrorist cells and thwart their plans. This one succeeded. But what about others?
I overheard two active duty soldiers in a pediatrician's office talk about their interrogation of captured terrorists in a Middle East war zone. If an Al Qaeda or other Jihadist survives 5 combat scenarios their reward is to infiltrate a non-jihadist country in a cell system. The cells will arise for terrorist attacks within countries like France, Belgium, Spain, the US, and Turkey. Navy SEAL LCDR Wilson Dakin has sent such information on to his command echelon without any action until he threatens to leave the Navy. Dakin becomes a lead in turning the Navy SEAL military might into a domestic routing force to destroy the embedded jihad cells. The first jihad action to come into the Pentagon's radar is in Boston.
The time is the present. Islamic terrorists have been infiltrating the US ever since 9/11. It was all part of a plan orchestrated by Iran. The US government only recently acknowledged the proliferation of terrorist cells throughout America. The military's job to find and destroy Islamic fascists has been given to the Navy SEALs. Navy SEAL CDR Wilson Dakin is the SEAL coordinator who is also a target for destruction by the enemy. He has found the love of his life at his headquarters in Ocean City MD and is now faced with asking his paramour for an evening out on Ocean City's Boardwalk. But how do you ask your lover out for date specifying you both have to wear bullet proof vests?
A medical student, a law student, a dental student and a mob-connected friend have increased their bond from high school days when one of their group is murdered. Deborah Sterling, a Boston hospital nurse was the 7th victim of the Boston Stocking Killer and the group’s only female confidant. The four grief-stricken enraged men pool their resources to seek out and destroy the murderer amidst fruitless efforts by Boston Police and FBI resources in the tumultuous 1960’s. Edmund Sorelli, the Boston Stocking Killer, targets young nurses fitting the profile of his unwed nurse mother. A common thread from the characters’ teenage experiences produces a lethal confrontation a step ahead of the BPD and the Federal Agency.
Many high schoolers in the 1950's hung out at a Brigham's ice cream parlor. As the excerpt points out, it could be far from a safe haven for innocent teens. In WHO WILL WEEP FOR ME, I highlight how high school minorities grew up and interacted. Jews, the Irish, and Italian teenagers occasionally squared off against each other, even at Brigham's. Carli Santo was a feared Italian high schooler who was a self-proclaimed peacemaker via intimidation and violence. He would grow up to take down the Boston Strangler. I grew up with the real Carli Santo in a Boston suburb high school. I was half Jewish and half Italian like Michael Waxman. Life wasn't easy.
One of my high school classmates killed the Boston Strangler in prison. My friend was a caring yet assertive classmate. It was unfortunate his life's pathway ended in criminal incarceration. I wanted to remember him as I knew him-not as a convicted killer. It's on that note that WHO WILL WEEP FOR ME was written. Although fictional, the book is based on fact. This excerpt is the starting point in the novel when I was in medical school. The backstory comes shortly about life as a teen high schooler not only for me and my friend, but for the student who would become The Boston Strangler. I created a better outcome for my classmate but not for the Boston Strangler and killer of young nurses.
Ever since high school cars have been important. The vehicle being prepared in this excerpt became my first car. It looked like a clean Chevy convertible Sunday driver. It was, however, the Charles Atlas of 1952 Chevys. I learned the excitement of driving, of knowing I had power when I needed it, and that I didn't have to flaunt it. I got it from my best friend who's Carli Santo in WHO WILL WEEP FOR ME. Having a car is just about the most important thing for a high school student like I was. Today I'm a retired physician. We do have a Sunday driver but I bought a low mileage Chevy convertible. A 2005 pristine silver Corvette convertible. I listen to the '50s radio station and have a pair of fuzzy dice dangling from the rear-view mirror.
I never related to the social side of being Jewish. My mother was Italian and my father was a non-practicing Jew. It wasn't until I went to high school that I got in touch with my "Jewishness". This excerpt from WHO WILL WEEP FOR ME shows the combination of teenage hormones and peer teen interaction typical of any group of high schoolers that I knew. Across town however, the high schooler who would grow up to be the Boston Strangler has a less affectionate association with teen girls - he beats them.
I grew up in an Italian household. Because my mother married my Jewish father she was excommunicated by the Catholic church. Michael Waxman is really me (Peter Glassman) and this is my story. I was occasionally introduced to my Jewish classmates as being half-Jewish and half-Italian. In the same breath my AZA friend would say, "What he can't get wholesale he steals." That was okay as long my friend said it. In this excerpt, Michael Waxman gets a summer job from the efforts of his Italian roots. The family was expected to vote for the politician who got him he summer job. Waxman's father (and mine) never missed an opportunity to knock the Italians as basic crooks (Ganiffs).
I was brought up Italian ethnically and Jewish on the religious side. In high school I began to really get in touch with my Jewishness. I joined the AZA which is the Jewish counterpart of Christian teen groups like the Demolay. This excerpt is fictionalized from a real event when I took my Jewish girlfriend to a friend's Italian Christmas party. In WHO WILL WEEP FOR ME Deb Sterling had asked Michael Waxman, "What are Italians like." Her conclusion after the Italian Christmas party was, "Italians are just like Jews. They have a strong sense of family and God just like us."
Edmund Sorelli's roots as the Boston Strangler began as a high schooler. He had normal teenage male hormonal stimuli. However, Sorelli grew up with a single parent - his mother. She never knew who his father was and gave Sorelli her family name. Edmund Sorelli measured all woman against his role model mother. Unfortunately, she was a bar hopper and easy touch for any male companionship. Sorelli was disgusted with her. He recoiled when his mother called him by some man's name in her drunken stupor. Beating her up would be a prelude to physical abuse of any high school girl who he felt was like his mother in appearance and behavior. Sixteen year-old Edmund Sorelli was the Boston Strangler in the making.
I lived in South Medford Massachusetts-Little Italy-when I was a teenager. My father was Jewish and my mother was Italian. We moved into one of my Italian grandfather's houses. I never really got in touch with my "Jewishness" until high school. I remember my first day in Medford High School and the first day I met Carli Santo. That's his fiction name. In real life Carli would grow up to take down the Boston Strangler. We all had our roots in high school, even the Boston Strangler who's Edmund Sorelli in WHO WILL WEEP FOR ME.
I went to school with the man who killed the Boston Strangler at a maximum security prison in Massachusetts. I heard about this at a high school reunion when I inquired about him as a fellow alumnus. I was saddened and upset that my aging classmates talked of him as a feared criminal. In high school he was a friend, fellow student and although rough around the edges had a strong feeling of justice. Today he was discussed only as a murderer of a murderer. I wanted to not only write about our lives in high school but to change his outcome. WHO WILL WEEP FOR ME does this. Perhaps it's therapeutic for me to write about how I wished he had turned out - how it might have been different. One thing is certain - I never knew how much I loved high school until I wrote this novel.
Synopsis Jacob Cotter dropped out of Yale Medical School in 1863 to enlist in the Union Army with his father Dr. Edward Cotter, then Chief of Medical Staff at Yale. Upon Edward’s murder by Confederate raiders at the battle of Nashville, Jacob Cotter is disinherited by his brother and sister. After the war Cotter becomes a bounty hunter to obtain money to return to Connecticut and complete medical school at Yale. He finds that his siblings have monopolized the valley wine industry through force, murder and intimidation. At Yale, Cotter works with the Colt Firearms heiress to set up his own vineyard. Violence ensues as Cotter and his hands confront efforts to burn him out. After Yale he sets out for Endura Texas. However, he finds 1872 Endura Texas a battleground like the New Haven he left. Victor Vlack, cattle baron and Endura’s largest landowner runs for state congress to thwart Endura becoming a city. Opposition to Vlack’s murders, pillaging and barbed wire oppression comes from Cotter and his physician colleagues. Cotter becomes his vigilante alter ego to confront Vlack’s moves. Cotter also finds his father’s killers working for Vlack. Vlack targets his Clinic and his staff for destruction. This includes his ether anesthetist, Mortimer Pignast, who runs for election against Vlack. Cotter falls in love with the Clinic’s widowed head nurse and her children. He’s torn between being a humanitarian physician, family man and his quest to avenge his father’s murder. Peter Glassman
Cotter begins his third year of medical school at Yale. He finds his siblings, who illegally disinherited him when his father was killed in the Civil War, may plot violence toward his competitive winery venture. His brother and sister have monopolized the wine business in the New Haven Connecticut Valley snuffing small vineyards who wouldn't sell their assets to them. As a former bounty hunter, Cotter feels he must prepare his wine-making staff, beginning with his first employee, to be as proficient as he his with firearms.
The Civil War is over. Former Yale Medical Student Jacob Cotter is going back to complete his MD degree financed by his two year career as a bounty hunter. The transition noted in this excerpt is one of reality. His gun is still needed, Cotter hopes, until he gets back into Yale. However, he has just been given a window of what is to come. As a medical student and a new MD, Cotter will need his stethoscope and his guns, both in Connecticut and Texas.
Dr. Jacob Cotter was a bounty hunter to make money for returning to Yale Medical School after his Civil War service. This excerpt shows Cotter as a senior medical student interacting with entrepreneur Mrs. Samuel Colt. She has gone into a winery partnership with Cotter and has continued the Colt Firearms legacy of her late husband. Cotter has maintained his shooter proficiency along with his winery staff. He anticipates a violent takeover attempt of his wine business. The 1872 development of modern day six-guns is noted here. Cotter and his winery staff get to try out the soon to be marketed 1873 Colt Single Action Army revolver. By Yale graduation day he will be grateful for both the stethoscope of his trade and the power to exact justice.
Social life was a luxury for both the cattlemen and the farming settlers in 1873 Texas. Church was an attractant to most farm hands if they were married, otherwise they frequented saloons. Saloons had alcohol, ladies, and music. One saloon in Endura, Texas introduced Pole Dancing wherein ladies would gyrate around a pole to music discarding items of clothing. The shiny brass pole was derived from the foot rail of the walk-up bar. Pole dancing was only available at Nellie's Leggs Saloon. Violence was a byproduct and Dr. Cotter alternated covering their new hospital's emergency care with his two other colleagues. In this excerpt, a farm owner ponders the lure of Nellie's Leggs Saloon.
PTSD is not new. It occurred in all wars including Dr. Jacob Cotter's war experience during the Civil War. In this excerpt, Cotter's nightly dream spilled over into his post-war activities even in 1868-three years after the war ended. He became a bounty hunter, outwardly to get enough money to finish Yale Medical School. However, his post-traumatic stress at witnessing his father's murder at the Battle of Tennessee unconsciously reset his domestic and society values. Until Cotter identified and resolved his need for revenge, he hung on to the positive side of living via spirituality, having people who cared for him, constantly present and part of his domestic life.
There's not only medical progress happening in late 1868, one of Jacob Cotter's medical school patients is Sam Colt's widow, Elizabeth. While finishing Yale Medical School Cotter is opening a winery in direct competition with his evil siblings enterprise. Cotter receives the new experimental soon to be released 1873 Colt Army revolver. Rather then paper cartridges it uses metal cases with primers. The gift from Colt Firearms is a blessing since Cotter and his friends are targeted for death by his brother and sister.
Jacob Cotter graduated from Yale Medical School and headed to Endura, Texas to set up a hospital and medical practice with two other Endura doctors. Endura was a town ruled by a cattle baron who had targeted the three doctors, including COTTER, for death. The Doctors Clinic was pro-settler and anti-barbed wire. In this episode, Cotter got off his train one stop before Endura and intercepted the killers hired to murder him on the stagecoach.. Dr. Jacob Cotter knew he would have to wield his guns along with his scalpel and stethoscope against the evil Victor Vlack and his hired thugs. He hoped his interruption and thwarting of the stagecoach killers would send a message to Vlack before he even sets foot in Endura. His friend and colleague Dr. Garrison awaits Cotter with eager anticipation and trepidation.
Saloons were the entertainment centers of the old west. Nellie's Leggs Saloon was the first such alcohol slinging joint in Endura, Texas to feature Pole dancing. Ladies would swing around shiny brass poles which were formerly bar foot rails. Removal of the dancer's clothing down to undergarments was a thrill for farmers and ranchers alike. In this excerpt, a hired gunslinger is out to maim and kill farm workers getting sloppy with booze and high spirited from the pole-dancing ladies performance. Such nightly violence meant Dr. Cotter or one of his colleagues had to stay in the hospital for the expectant casualties. As the killings and injuries mounted, Cotter vowed to intervene.
It's 1868. Jacob Cotter is finishing Yale Medical School after serving in the Union Army and then becoming a bounty hunter to pay for his schooling. This excerpt depicts Cotter's wariness about his siblings intention to use physical means to force him from being competitive in the wine business. Cotter begins by training his former blacksmith in his shooting technique. This is just a beginning. He will need to train all his employees in order to survive his sister's takeover of the New Haven wine industry. Each of his employees must be as good as he was when he was a bounty hunter. Between being a Yale Medical Student and a vineyard entrepreneur Cotter cannot address his wartime PTSD until he finds spirituality.
1868 New Haven Connecticut, like most major cities, harbored a bordello. It catered to all economic spheres and in this excerpt Dr. Mortimer Pignast was a prominent entity. Pignast was a Dr. of Phrenology. He could feel the bumps on one's head and relate to one's deportment, demeanor, and future aspirations. Pignast, like most Phrenologists of the time was also a barber. The barbershop was where he got most of his clients. Many of his clients were from Yale and Pignast and Cotter had many verbal diatribes over the pseudoscience of Phrenology. Pignast gave Phrenology readings to the clients of the Green Moss Saloon and Bordello thereby guarantying only he had sole access to the love of his life working there-Ms. Fern Ferndock.
The Post-Civil War era saw war returnees with disabilities take menial and belittling jobs just to survive. In COTTER, Andrew Mashpit was once in artillery and map making. He became deaf from the cannon shell reports. He had to take any job that didn't require much people interaction. Road maintenance in 1868 consisted of scooping up horse dung and filling in urine-containing ruts with sand and gravel. This had become Mashpit's vocation. The excerpt defines Cotter's empathy in defining disability and humanity to those who risked life and limb for their country. It did indeed spill over into Cotter's bedside manner although he did not hesitate to right some wrongs with a six-gun.
Jacob Cotter arrives in New Haven, Connecticut two years after the Civil War is over. He resumes Yale Medical School and connects with his brother and sister who disinherited him after his father's death at the Battle of Tennessee. His siblings are an evil lot and this first encounter by Cotter will set the stage for his plans to undermine their dark monopoly and intimidation of the local wine industry.
As an Addictionologist I was asked by a patient, "Why do the movies and television show old west doctors as drunks? The film 'Stagecoach' and TV series 'Gunsmoke' brand this image." "It was just the opposite, " I replied. "Doctors trained in the east went out to the west at great self-sacrifice." "Well Dr. Glassman, why doesn't someone write about that?" And so I did. Peter Glassman MD, PhD
U.S. Air Force Major Dr. Mathew Collins is a military target in his plastic surgery practice. As the sole survivor of his special operations unit in Afghanistan after Iranians attack with the chemical trichothecene–AKA the Helios Rain. The U.S. fears its next home attack will be with this weapon. Collins’ primary physician, Air Force Colonel Dr. Abram Gesecke is actively testing Collins muscle tissue in pursuit of an antidote and reason for his survival. Gesecke urges Collins not to draw attention to his newfound super strength, as Iran wants his medical records and engineer his abduction. Indeed, an Iranian soldier, Lieutenant Kahlid Vermani, another Helios Rain survivor, is sent to the U.S. to find him. Vermani uncovers three Afghanistan veterans named Mathew Collins in his mission. In so doing, he prioritizes his targets–an Army Sergeant, a Navy SEAL Lieutenant and Dr. Collins. It is an agenda of discovery and death. Dr. Collins cannot hide his new powers. San Antonio crime boss Carl Grange discovers him at a fitness center, when Collins rescues the man by lifting 400 pounds off his neck. And when Collins sings the Lord’s Prayer in church with his newfound soul mate Nancy Tilden and her son Frankie, his voice becomes an ethereal, heaven sent delivery inducing a spiritual experience in all who hear him including the U.S. President. Presidential attention adds the Secret Service into the mix of Air Force Security and CIA trying to keep Collins and his new family protected.
Plastic surgeon Mathew Collins is the sole survivor of a chemical attack in Afghanistan. Thirty-nine Navy SEALs perished. There was a consequence, however. Instead of being paralyzed by the deadly trichothecene, his muscles enlarged and his strength became of superhero quality. In fact, if Collins didn't regularly exercise and get at least weekly physical therapy, his muscles would spasm to incapacitation. This excerpt from Chapter 3 in THE HELIOS RAIN, illustrates some of Collins PTSD related to his military action. He has problems relating to others as a person. He's a plastic surgeon whose first impression of a pleasant woman at a Physical Therapy office is her need of a nose job. He makes excuses for his own need for PT, glossing over his combat experience. Finding this woman will make him confront his PTSD.
Dr. Matt Collins is the sole survivor of an Afghanistan chemical attack. He was not paralyzed like the rest of the Navy SEAL team. He emerged with super strength. In addition, his body became impervious to any penetrating missile—bullet, knife or shrapnel. Iran sends agents to find Collins at his home in San Antonio. The terrorists want to launch another 9/11 using the chemical agent. Iran must kind out why it failed on Collins. The US military wants to understand his toxin resistance so all Americans can survive the next jihad attack on the US. This excerpt shows Collins using his strength to intimidate a drug cartel leader by flipping 2-ton Cadillac limo.
I learned about the Middle East enemy's use of a fungal toxin, trichothecene, during Desert Storm while in the activated Army Reserve. As a Medical Officer I was aghast that exposure would cause paralysis and death. THE HELIOS RAIN puts forth the questions: "what if one person survived with the opposite of paralysis?; what if the soldier acquired super-strength instead of fatal weakness." Plastic surgeon Dr. Mathew Collins is that man. He learns the scope and breadth of his powers daily. The enemy is Iran and terrorists try to find out why he survived. Iran wants to use the paralytic toxin in missile warheads for the next September 11 attack on the US.
Dr. Matt Collins begins to accept life out of a combat zone as he renews his civilian plastic surgery practice. Intensive treatment for his PTSD from the Afghanistan ambush is helping relate to his patients, family and friends. This excerpt presents a young female patient who keeps popping up in Collin's office for cosmetic surgery in order to attract a marital mate. It's down to earth people like Cynthia bounty and Minister Reverend Chance who supply humor and sober moments. The Reverend is a key person helping Collins with his spiritual needs that help shed his soldier flashbacks.
A classic manifestation of PTSD in war returnees is nightmares. The nightmare can be recurrent or triggered by a sound (loud blast-like noise) or merely revisiting a photo of a comrade lost in action. It could be a holiday - Memorial Day, Veterans Day, the Fourth of July. Many PTSD victims seek treatment at the urgency of loved ones. Most, however, don't understand what's happening and diagnosis and treatment follow lost jobs, broken or chaotic home life, and inability to concentrate. In this excerpt, Dr. Mathew Collins relives his chemical attack ambush every morning and accepts it as part of life. It will take his Air Force doctor to bring it to the surface so Collins can focus on family, friends, job and spirituality. If Collins doesn't confront his PTSD, he'll be unable to process a new found fact - terrorists are here in San Antonio after him. They want to know how he survived the chemical they want to use for the next 9/11 attack on the US.
Afghanistan returnee Air Force Plastic Surgeon Matt Collins finds life without war zone stress on the River Walk in San Antonio. Nancy Tilden is a new found love interest and a divorced mother of a thirteen- year-old boy who urges her to date Collins. The River Walk in downtown San Antonio can be likened to a Garden of Eden with a small river running through it. Mexican troubadours and mariachi bands add to the social ambience. They chose a Mexican restaurant which, as a surprise to the couple, has a karaoke requirement. Matt sings to Nancy and the spark of love is ignited.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Matt Collins returned from Afghanistan to his home and practice in San Antonio. The chemical agent ambush left him with enormous strength and muscle mass while paralyzing and killing the rest of his unit. He was warned not to expose his Samson-like ability because terrorists from Iran were looking for him. However, life is what it is and some events are inevitable such as this seemingly innocent domestic scene.
My Army MASH unit trained with gas masks and rubber suits. The Middle Eastern countries had chemical warfare agents supplied by Iran. The world and the media did not publicize this. I wrote the Helios Rain to reveal such a scenario. Dr. Matt Collins is an Afghanistan returnee and sole survivor of a chemical ambush. The toxin kills by paralysis. However, all of Collins' muscles increased in strength - even his vocal cord muscles. Collins attends church with his fiancée Nancy Tilden and her teen son Frankie. Collins sings The Lord's Prayer with a God-like delivery. Nancy, Frankie, and the congregation are astounded. This is but one of the new abilities Collins has because of his chemical exposure, Iranian terrorists are sent to San Antonio to find out why Collins survived. The Ayatollah wants the next 9/11 to be with chemical agents. Iran wants no survivors. Peter Glassman MD, PhD
Coffee and a Short Story marks Peter Glassman’s 14th published work and 2nd contemporary short story collection. Here are short, short tales which could be read at breakfast, lunch, or breaks with your favorite coffee drink. A Christmas wish comes true; a mummer job remembered; and a lost college love are among the 45 delightful literary vignettes to make your day fulfilling.
Remember your first car? I bought my car because it was a convertible and looked like a chick magnet. It was a used '52 Chevy but turned out to have multiple defects with negative impact on my social life. I mean the roof leaked as well as the floor. In rainy weather my date would get her head wet and muddy road water would spray up from the floor. But other faults in the car were scary as in the excerpt. I was 17 and bought the car over my dad's protests. Now I had to unload this lemon on someone else. The whole family devised a plan that worked. The effort brought us together like a therapeutic domestic tranquility exercise and I listened to my parent's advice with deep respect thereafter.
I write two short stories per month as part of attending the San Antonio Writer's Meet-up. We meet at a local popular coffee shop two Sunday afternoons each month. A topic is suggested and a max of 1200 words adhered to. One such topic was to write of a memorable former romantic attachment. This excerpt from Coffee
THE DUTY CREW chronicles December 25, 1972, the last Christmas of the Vietnam War at Queens Naval Hospital, Long Island. The North Vietnam president’s goal is to accelerate peace talks by bringing violence to all military hospitals in the United States. Ho Chi Minh has an agenda of terrorism and murder for the Duty Crew at Queens Naval Hospital to incite U.S. public reactions against the war, while President Nixon wants to end the war by political arbitration. Three women become aware of the internal and external assault on Queens Naval Hospital. Movie Star Iona Dell spends Christmas in Hanoi as her fans promote an activist presence at the U.S. military hospitals. She realizes too late that Hanoi has American sympathizers directing terrorism outside and within their walls. Newswoman Thule Thornbush wants only anti-war slanting of the adverse events on this Christmas Day in the hope she will obtain a position on the staff of the New York Times. LT Minerva Zettler as the Duty Crew Nurse-of-the-Day identifies the deaths as murders and raises the issue of intrigue inside the hospital. Her fiancé, LT Paul Norman as Junior Medical Officer-of-the-Day realizes that Zettler’s life is in danger by the murderer inhalation therapy technician. It takes the small Navy and Marine Security Duty Crew and mobilization of the Hospital’s Vietnam returnee patients to stem Ho Chi Minh’s plans for death and destruction on American soil. The events on this Christmas Day forever alter the lives of the three women.
The last Christmas of the Vietnam war is fraught with happiness, tears, life-giving and death. Common at Queen's Naval Hospital in NY were war returnees spiking fevers. Even if the patient had a wound, surgery or was a recent Vietnam arrival, malaria was most common cause of an FUO (fever of undetermined origin. This excerpt from THE DUTY CREW was a routine event at Queens Naval. At 1200 patients daily census, the skeleton duty crew for Christmas Day faced new Vietnam arrival admissions as well as tending to their sicker patients. Add to that the arrival of a drunken Santa Clause, 2 suspicious deaths and activists planning to assault the hospital itself, this Christmas Day will never be forgotten by staff, patients or visitors.
I had to work every Christmas Day of my 5-years in the Navy during the Vietnam War. THE DUTY CREW takes place on the last Christmas Day of that war. In this excerpt several air-evac patients arrived by train. Other patients came by bus and a few critical ones by helicopter. All were called air-evacs. All wounded warriors were glad to get home. They needed, and received, a warm welcome by the Navy hospital personnel who were also happy to see them. The jolly banter between nurse and patient as well as the Christmas decor and music added to the reality of being safely home. During wartime all military hospitals are busy for the duty crew staff and especially on Christmas Day. However, the patients didn't know this Christmas Day would be unlike any the US had experienced. All military hospitals were targeted for attack by enemy-sponsored anti-war activists.
My 5-years of Navy service during the Vietnam War was beset with political activism against the war. As a medical officer I took care of the wounded warriors who risked life and limb so the ever-present anti-war protesters could picket us-all of us. A directive from the CO advised against wearing our uniforms outside the confines of the main gate for fear of physical harm from these people. TV news showed wounded war returnees being "spat upon" and worse by anti-war sentiment. Today is different. I wear my Navy baseball cap year round and I receive a "Thank you for your service" comment by all ages. Schools honor us on Veterans Day. I'm retired now and wrote books like THE DUTY CREW to educate others and promote patriotism and gratitude for those who make up the military and risk all for their country.
I was in the Navy for 5 years during the Vietnam war. I was also the JMOOD (Junior Medical Officer of the Day) every Christmas. I did get every New Year's Day off but Christmas Day was one of large air-evac admissions and my wife and son having Christmas Dinner at a 2100 bed Navy Hospital. THE DUTY CREW chronicles the last Christmas Day of US involvement in the war. Babies were born, a few patients died, and smuggling prostitutes in as Christmas presents kept our security cadre in perpetual motion. Every day, especially Christmas Day, civilian activists protested with large picket lines and bull horn shouted slogans against the war, against our wounded warriors, and against doctors like me for caring for soldiers who put their life on the line so the activists could have the privilege of legal protest. God Bless Navy and civilian nurses who still have to work Christmas Day.
Christmas Day celebrates the birth of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. I've often wondered what the labor and delivery was like. I bet the labor was not like the patient in this excerpt from THE DUTY CREW. Historians have never documented the labor and delivery aspects of Jesus's birth. As a doctor I've delivered hundreds of babies and assisted in thousands. The labor leading up to birth is rarely gracious. The birth itself negates any adverse memories of a woman screaming in labor pain or shouting expletives of regret and damnation. When that baby is born, as this one will be, on Christmas Day, it's still extra special.
Special Forces Sgt. Vincent Vilth has multiple infected wounds from Vietnam. The explosion that sent him to Queens Naval Hospital occurred in rice paddy night soil. Night soil is a combination of animal and human feces used as fertilizer. And now, over 6 months later Vilth is still in the hospital with pieces of infected shrapnel still working their way to his skin's surface. He is angry and frustrated and turns his PTSD into action. Sgt. Vilth becomes the Phantom Shitter who secrets one of his daily turds in different parts of the hospital with a note: The Phantom Strikes.
Have you ever thought of what life would be like to be born on December 25. Would the presents be doubled? i mean, birthday presents plus Christmas presents. This excerpt from THE DUTY CREW has LT Minnie Zettler assisting in a delivery at Queens Naval Hosptial on Christmas Day. Her day began with a cardiac arrest in ICU and the arrival of a train complement of wounded combat soldiers who couldn't travel by air-evac bus. Life is what it is! Babies are born during wartime like any other time. Will they then grow up to be war casualties only to arrive back home in a Navy hospital air-evac train or bus?
Thule Thornbush was not unique to the pressure of "get out of the war fever". Getting a scoop with highlights of negative press at a Navy hospital on Christmas Day was the compulsive redhead's goal but not her assignment. She arrived at Queens Naval Hospital prejudging what she thought would make headlines and get her a promotion to a more prestigious newspaper like the NY times. Reporter Thornbush would use any means to slant her Christmas Day with wounded warriors in order to sell papers. The arrival of a drunken Santa Clause and the death of an Egyptian pilot flying for the US were good for starters. but there was much more to come on this birthday of the Prince of Peace.
Christmas Day for wounded arrivals from combat zones meant a lot of work for THE DUTY CREW. The Navy medical staff were a dedicated lot. Nurse LT Minnie Zettler was wary of the nefarious signals inside the hospital but welcoming the combat wounded was still her priority. This excerpt depicts a returning soldier receiving a warm welcome home to the US, albeit a Navy hospital. Layers of relief appear from a marine air-evac expressed in medical and flirtatious banter. This is a warm scene on a snowy Christmas Day which will become the focus of sabotage and murder.
Air-evacs arrived mostly by bus to Queens Naval Hospital. Those with special needs such as total body casts, paraplegics, or burn patients arrived by train from Fort Dix, New Jersey. The rare critical wounded warrior arrived by helicopter. Anti-war activists on the enemies payroll (North Vietnam) planned to blow-up the hospital's modest railway depot building, preferably when the train arrived with an air evac load. The Christmas weather with its persistent snow and frigid cold was hampering success for the saboteurs but they're not giving up. .
The Vietnam War was unpopular every day, but on Christmas Day 1972 protesters and activists were out in force. Air-evac buses with wounded warriors were on the way to being admitted to Queens Naval Hospital. Part of the anti-war reception group was armed with balloons filled with manure and wall-paper paste. These fecal missiles were for throwing at the Air-evac buses. Once inside the hospital compound, the soldiers, who had risked life-and-limb to ensure the protesters had the right to protest, received the warm and comforting welcome they deserved. Each one unknowing that their 2100 bed New York Navy hospital was destined for a major assault.
Santa Clause arrives drunk by helicopter on Christmas Day at Queens Naval Hospital. An alternate must be found. There are over a hundred children having Christmas Day dinner at the hospital and a Santa Visit is a a must. With the intrigue and emergency need for a new Santa, the prime candidate is the head of Hospital Security, LCDR Curly Norton. He must be tricked into becoming Santa to override his obsession with catching security violators. Seeing the possibility of being Santa as a means to infiltrate any potential threat to the hospital crowd, he replies in the affirmative with the most dignity he can muster, "Ho, Ho-friggin-Ho."
In addition to the air-evacs from Vietnam on Christmas Day, the Duty Crew had to cover the emergency room patients most of which were walk-ins. It never ceased to amaze me what kind of conditions people called emergencies. In this excerpt, Medical Officer and JMOOD (Junior Medical Officer Of The Day) LT Paul Norman shows understanding and compassion for Navy families in distress. From a retired military grandfather to a newly married couple, the Duty Crew did their job unaware of a pending attack on Queens Naval Hospital in Long Island New York..
THE DUTY CREW depicts the last Christmas Day of the Vietnam war. My heroes as a physician have always been nurses. They are front line people in the military or civilian life. LT Minnie Zettler as a caring, conscientious and wary Navy nurse is becoming a target for a psychopathic Navy Hospital Corpsman named Huxley. He's part of a larger plan to assault the Navy hospital on Christmas Day by activists paid by the communist enemy in Southeast Asia. Nurses and people of all walks of life who work on Christmas Day are truly doing service work for those of us at home with family and friends.
All wars have advanced medical practice. World War II is most famous for developing sodium pentothal in anesthesia. The Korean War moved us away from ether anesthesia and into the realm of halogenated gases. The Vietnam War gave us a medical item still used today. It's the plastic IV bag replacing the glass bottles of prior decades. As noted in the excerpt, the glass solution bottles needed gravity to work and became so visible they were a target by the enemy in field actions. The IV bag was placed under the wounded warrior's shoulder and life saving plasma and fluids infused out of enemy sight. Each time you see an IV bag think of the soldiers whose lives it saved. Sergeant Vincent Vilth in THE DUTY CREW was so awed on Christmas Day.
On the last Christmas Day of the Vietnam War Santa Claus arrived by Huey helicopter drunk at my Naval Hospital. In the Duty Crew I embellished on what I had to do as JMOOD (Junior Medical Officer of the Day) to get another Santa. In the meantime espionage, sabotage and some just plain craziness was happening. Vietnam was so unpopular that the one allowed reporter to my Naval hospital wanted only to report negative news to add to anti-Vietnam War fervor. In addition, unbeknownst to us on duty this Christmas Day, our train station was about to be attacked by anti-war activists. Contrast this with the complete support our military has today amidst global terrorism.
I worked every Christmas Day as a medical officer in my five years in the Navy during the Vietnam War. The last Christmas Day was most memorable because if would be the last Christmas of the Vietnam War. President Nixon wanted the war to end; anti-war activists picketed our Navy hospital in force; the media projected their war negativism against the wounded who risked life and limb for their country; some movie stars joined in with anti-American slurs. In THE DUTY CREW this last Christmas has all this anti-war presence but it has more. There was patriotism, compassion, family, and courage amidst the true tragedies of war - the wounded warriors. Although primarily a work of fiction over 70% of events depicted in THE DUTY CREW actually happened. The murder and intrigue outside and inside of the Navy hospital accentuates the mood of the times. As I looked back I realized in a Dickensonion way that this was my best Christmas and it was my worst Christmas.
The Myosin Factor After 8-years of focused research, Neurologist Dr. Cosmo Patrini finds a protein factor that reverses the weakness and death sentence of muscular dystrophy’s victims. To test the safety of the drug in humans, he self-injects the drug and has the strength of 15-men as judged by his holding up the collapsing baggage claim apparatus at Boston’s Logan Airport. Three witnesses to the event seek the superhero’s secret. Dr. Gerhard Hardt, a German cardiology drug researcher and Dr. Sin woo Boto, a Chinese pharmaceutical company physician, vie for possession of the molecule. The third man is a popular television aerobic exercise celebrity who threatens Patrini’s anonymity with exposure unless he endorses his TV program The Germans and the Chinese infiltrate Patrini’s professional and domestic life to wrest the secrets of the drug from his Harvard Medical Center laboratory. German scientists select Bostonian victims at random to test the drug on excised human heart tissue. The Chinese have need of Patrini’s discovery to amass an army of superhumans for a world domination agenda. Dr. Boto directs his team to eliminate all competition for their sole possession of the Myosin Factor. The U.S. Government is interested in the Myosin Factor’s potential and has an agent enrolled as Patrini’s graduate student to find out what the Germans and the Chinese are doing. Agent Lazlo Pennypacker works in Patrini’s with and Pennypacker’s boss, Colonel Merlin Sweeney, uses CIA and FBI resources to uncover the faceted plot.
Two types of muscular dystrophy predominate in this fatal muscle disease. Duchenne's muscular dystrophy is apparent from birth with death by age 25. Becker's muscular dystrophy has less weakness in early years with progression to death in the fortieth decade. Remarkably men with Becker's adapt to give the perception of normal function in some areas of social activity. This excerpt from THE MYOSIN FACTOR is about Philip Stilson as a high school teen with Becker's and a functional adaptation to his first sexual experience. By the time he's 35 he'll die without an illegal injection of the experimental Myosin Factor. The drug dramatically not only reverses the disease's muscle weakness it adds phenomenal above normal strength. It does so with normal people also and 3 nations want the Myosin Factor for its armies and will go to any length's to get it.
The myosin factor reverses the fatal muscle weakness in muscular dystrophy. Like all drugs there are other effects-side effects. The myosin factor has given its discoverer the strength of 15 men. Usually Dr. Cosmo Patrini performs his husbandly intimacy with his wife Yolanda in a pure biologic manner. However, after self-injecting the myosin factor, he becomes a lover of Casanova caliber. Dr. Patrini attributes his enhancement d'amour to the drug but his wife Yolanda wonders if her husband has learned new bedroom skills from his office nurse, Megan Pavda. The only way for Dr. Patrini to save his marriage is to confess to self-injecting the myosin factor. But can he do it and risk losing his medical license?
Dr. Cosmo Patrini's family is infiltrated by a youthful-looking Captain in the Chinese Army. He's there to protect Patrini's two teenage boys. Posing as a high school student, Wing Wah takes the bait from a bigoted football captain to unknowingly incite the black players to attack both he and the Patrini student. Wah must fall back on his military training to confront the physical assault on both him and Amadeo Patrini on the gridiron practice field. Wah's only constraint from his commander in China, "You must not kill any of the students."
Dr. Cosmo Patrini discovered the Myosin Factor in his quest for a treatment for muscular dystrophy. His animal research suggests it will save the lives of those with the disease. He self-injected the drug to check for side effects. He found two. One was amazing strength enhancement and the other was elevated romantic ability. Unknown to Patrini are the sinister people who want to steal the drug by any means. Patrini was seen by two MD's to support a collapsing airport baggage return ramp. These two MD's, one a German and one a Chinese, want the Myosin Factor for military use. This excerpt introduces the surveillance of Patrini's research and his family life. Dr. Boto needs to protect Patrini and his family from harm until he has the secrets of the Myosin factor.
Dr. Cosmo Patrini is a neurologist at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He's discovered an injectable protein which can save muscular dystrophy children and adults from a paralytic death. At least in animals - so far. Patrini self-injected the protein to see what adverse effects, if any, would occur in humans. His first awareness that the Myosin Factor not only reverses muscle weakness but enhances strength far above normal came when he held up a collapsing luggage ramp at Boston's Logan Airport. It took 15 men to allow Patrini to release the structure. His second enlightenment comes when he confronts a bigoted Irishman whose son had assaulted his own son Amadeo.
A resistant strain of falciparum malaria accounted for significant US casualties in Iraqi Freedom’s early years. A special research study to treat this type of malaria involved a CDC chief physician and two New York specialists. These three individuals induce, rather than treat acute malaria attacks with added delirium to obtain inside stock market trader information. Almost a billion dollars were made until collateral damage with death and attempted murders draw attention by the NYPD and the CIA. Senator Clement, Drs. Ganucci, Krantz and Bellini use three war returnee malaria patients to milk the stock exchange and use murder, intimidation and extortion to maintain their scheme. Detective Furdis Nosh is a relentless redhead female sleuth who will not let go of the investigation. Former Special Forces Officer David Swanson is a malaria victim who wants out of the malaria study alive. He’s distraught over a colleague ending up comatose during one of his malaria episodes. The woman, Lisa Feldman, is kidnapped from the hospital as her memory of Krantz and Binelli returns. Swanson joins with CIA Agent Mallory Finder when Finder’s fiancée, Lisa Feldman is abducted. Senator Clement uses all means at his disposal to thwart revelation of his malaria-stock market scheme. Snipers, contract killers and deadly healthcare workers reach out with their lethal tentacles to prevent exposure. Nosh and Fender are not enough to probe and disclose the stock market assault.
Gideon O'Brien had witnessed Swanson's malaria attack and Swanson's release of insider stock exchange activities. The three doctors and the US Senator could not allow discovery. O'Brien had to be silenced. An overdose of an hypnotic drug with the results in this excerpt sent O'Brien off his hotel's 11th story balcony to be impaled on a bronze egret statue. Will this incident invite police, FBI, or CIA investigation? It's up to an NYPD detective and another victim's friend to act quickly.
Dr. Bergan Krantz is a psychiatrist manipulating malaria patient David Swanson's mind into accepting his amnesia episodes linked to his malaria attacks. Dr. Gail Binelli is Swanson's primary malaria specialist using a drug to precipitate his malaria crises. Dr. Alberto Ganucci is a senior MD at the CDC in Atlanta coordinating a national malaria clinical study and coordinating Swanson's malaria attacks with major stock market changes. The three MD's are the front line perpetrators raking in money from Wall Street information gleaned from Swanson during his attacks. There is one person above the three doctors-a US Senator in Washington, DC., who can cover up the scheme, including murder, when necessary.
David Swanson wanted a military career. Alas, an Iraqi strain of malaria ended such a dream. He became a stock broker. His malaria still precipitated amnesic malaria attacks. Unbeknown to him, however, his malaria specialist, Dr. Gail Binelli, in New York City has the ability to turn on Swanson's malaria attacks at will. She does that only when Wall Street insider information is desired. NYPD female detective Furdis Nosh investigates the near death of Swanson's colleague during one of his malaria bouts of fever. She has a lead pointing to something suspicious about Dr. Gail Binelli and her stock market activities related to her malaria patient, David Swanson. It is a lead which will extend from New York to Florida and Washington, DC.
With each malaria attack, David Swanson's recall of events were absent. Physically, he suffered the consequences of the high fevers, shaking chills, and ruptured red blood cells. Headaches, memory loss and muscle aches were always present as was the hemoglobin from his red cells eliminated by his kidneys. His urine was the color of port wine, hence the original name of malaria...Blackwater Fever. With each attack, collateral damage was now occurring. His date the previous night was also, like him, a prominent stockbroker. His only recall of the night before was the aura and prodrome of a pending malaria attack at the restaurant. This morning Lisa Feldman was on a ventilator in ICU. What was happening?
3 MDs and one US Senator track 3 former soldiers from Iraq who returned with malaria. Their strain of malaria causes a "truth serum" delirium during which they can reveal insider stock exchange information. The Senator and Doctors use murder and intimidation to cover their Wall Street operation. This excerpt reveals a malaria attack on David Swanson, former soldier and now prominent stock exchange professional. Two doctors have set up his attack to conduct a delirium interview for Wall Street secrets. All witnesses are expendable.
Most think of malaria as a parasitic disease transmitted by a non-US mosquito. What if greed and pure criminal intent to manipulate a disease for profit at a victim's expense, is allowed to happen?Malaria is called "Blackwater Fever" because of the high temperature and "Port Wine" color to the urine during an attack. This excerpt takes place when a collateral victim of an Iraqi war returnee has an acute malaria attack. Both are stock exchange brokers. Both have revealed Wall Street secrets while under delirium induced by different entities - one by drugs and one by malaria. The criminal masterminds are 3 doctors and a US Senator. They have been evil doers since their undergraduate college years.
A malaria specialist and a psychiatrist go back and forth as questions are arising about their use of malaria patients who are prominent stock brokers. In this excerpt, Dr. Gail Binelli is beginning to unravel under pressure from a persistent redhead detective, Furdus Nosh. Psychiatrist Dr. Bergan Krantz tries to calm her down but the seeds of doubt have been sown and she is now the weakest link in their assault on Wall Street with the malaria organism. One patient and one nurse add fuel to Detective Nosh's suspicions that something is screwy about malaria in New York City.
For a government insider stock market trading to go unnoticed, a high official has to be running the show. In BLACKWATER FEVER, its a US Senator. Since the key to infiltrating Wall Street is a manipulative malaria disease, equally corrupt MDs are needed. The two key doctors are a malaria specialist in New York City and a highly placed MD at the CDC in Atlanta. The CDC doctor in charge of the stock market manipulation is Alberto Ganucci. Unscrupulous and vicious, his roots and connections with Senator Bonticler Clement go back to their college days. This excerpt defines part of the stepladder to power enabling such an insider trading via a disease process to take root. "It takes money to make money," is also a credo with the dishonest among us.
Feisty redhead NYPD detective Furdus Nosh is a force to be reckoned with. There is something strange about a stock broker's near death and current life supported existence that doesn't fit a simple hotel room assault and break-in. Hospitalist Dr.Pluto Blum also has questions about his patient. He is as aggressive in his profession as Nosh is in hers. Together, their verbal bantering will unknowingly lead them to face murder, death, and a national Wall Street assault they could never have imagined.
What makes once ethical people cross the line to violating principals and a fair sense of humanity? In BLACKWATER FEVER Dr. Gail Binelli and two other doctors find the promise of riches is enough to forget the Hippocratic Oath. Dr. Binelli begins to have second thoughts as a feisty and persistent redhead detective puts Binelli on her radar about a stock broker who was rendered comatose at one of Binelli's induced malaria episodes. Insider Wall Street trading information will make her rich. But now...at what cost?
The microscopic parasite for malaria doesn't have feelings or thoughts. Samantha, Barbara Winn's parrot speaks like a tape recorder but has feelings. At the top of the primate scale are humans. Most are feeling individuals. Some are opportunists creating victims and don't care at all about their feelings, thoughts, or quality of life. This excerpt shows the victimization of a Middle East soldier, David Swanson, who came back with malaria. In addition, it demonstrates the collateral human damage brought about by those who create victims for dollars.
A treatment resistant strain of malaria was common amongst early Iraqi War casualties. Two years after the start of the war and 2 billion US dollars later, the disease became a rare entity. War creates opportunists and three doctors and a US Senator subject three malaria returnees to medical manipulation for stock exchange information. Collateral damage includes murder,Wall Street sabotage and medical fraud. Opportunism is a disease of war.
THE HAPPY HAT is a medical thriller, crime drama and unusual love story taking place in one of the Navy’s largest stateside military hospitals. The story is based on actual events which the author relives through fictionalized characters. An FBI agent undercover as a Navy corpsman follows a patient in a total body cast from Vietnam to Queens Naval Hospital. The cast contains a half-million in heroin waiting to be picked up by a Brooklyn biodisposal team of killers. The New York cartel eliminates any internal or external threat and films their torturous murders. Chief Corpsman and FBI Agent Isaac Kaplan agonizes trying to filter out the who, what, where’s and whys of the heroin smuggling ring which endangers several lives and the one Nurse who may be the leader–the one he falls in love with.
Undercover FBI Agent Isaac "Ike" Kaplan is part of a multi-disciplinary team tracking heroin smuggling from Vietnam to the US. Kaplan, as a Navy corpsman, is now focusing on the possibilities of a Navy nurse as the key liaison in a cartel which secreted heroin in the plaster casts of wounded war returnees. She's in charge of cast disposal at Queens Naval Hospital. As he narrowed his suspects to nurse Skagan, his feelings are also changing. He very much likes this woman. This excerpt depicts a turning point in his personal attitude toward her as something more than a possible criminal. Her cat named Bork stimulates Skagan's usually stone hard exterior to a warmth that strikes to his core.
Boomer is a soldier back from vietnam in a total body cast. Hospital corpsman and undercover FBI Agent Isaac Kaplan follows Boomer from Nam to track the flow of heroin to the US. The FBI
Many war returnees, especially the wounded, bring back good luck charms. Sebastian Remo believes his Australian Digger hat allowed him to survive several tours of duty in Vietnam. Remo was pivotal to the initial chain of smuggling heroin from the front lines of Vietnam by substituting heroin impregnated into the plaster rolls used to form casts in orthopedic causalities. This excerpt from Chapter 10 incorporates part of my initial dialogue with the original patient who arrived on a train air-evac clutching his Digger hat. My patient was in fact part of a US drug cartel chain of smuggling heroin into the US. Remo continued his work in the smuggling process while a military patient in the Naval hospital. He was never seen without his Australian Digger.
To understand adult behavior, its important to reveal where we came from. LCDR Philomena Skagan is a prime heroin-smuggling suspect for undercover FBI Navy Hospital Corpsman Isaac Kaplan. He knows nothing of Skagan's background. Skagan is a compulsive detail person who doesn't trust men. This excerpt shows how parents direct our behavior and how early pre-adult events influence our attitude and demeanor. Nurse Skagan does not trust men. Her difficulty in establishing relationships goes back to this high school episode. "I'll leave the selection of my soul mate up to God," Skagan announces later in the book.
LCDR Philomena Skagan is single, obsessive compulsive, and the chief suspect in the heroin smuggling operation at Queens Naval Hospital. Although she has no close friends, she is developing an attraction for Senior Navy Hospital Corpsman Ike Kaplan. She's unaware of his status as an undercover FBI Agent. Her one true protector and comforter is a Maine Coon cat named BORK. This excerpt shows a sign of humanity common to everyday life. She has a pet who loves her unconditionally. But is it enough? How long can a woman last without a mate? Should she send out hormonal magnetic signals to Kaplan? Who is he anyway?
The heroin-impregnated casts had to be processed once they left Queens Naval Hospital. The civilian "biodisposal" labs were drug cartel owned and staffed. As a street addictive commodity, the recovery of the heroin from the plaster casts was simple yet labor intensive. Diversion of the finished heroin product to a worker's possession was met with the most painful of sanctions. To thwart temptation, unclothed workers were watched closely and tested for drug use. Videos of those who stole from the lab were shown regularly to suppress such thoughts. The films were "snuff films" of workers caught with cartel heroin harvested at the lab.
Senior Hospital Corpsman and undercover FBI Agent Ike Kaplan accompanied a patient in a total body cast from Vietnam to Queens Naval Hospital to track a suspected link in heroin smuggling by orthopedic patients. He needs to uncover how the heroin gets into the hospital and how it gets to civilian distributors. This excerpt finds Kaplan meeting his New York FBI contact for the first time. The task to put together the entire chain of heroin smuggling seems overwhelming but Kaplan will soon have more suspects than one agent could ever want.
Kevin Dowd has been plaguing small towns in suburban Connecticut with face-to-face holdups at ATM Machines. Two people are killed in the process. Kevin takes haven in AA meetings immediately after his perpetrations using his attendance to hide from the case-assigned Detective. Dowd is not an alcoholic or addict. Detective Doreen Pousant is getting closer to finding the ATM highwayman and after 2-years the trail keeps ending at St Raphael’s church. Pousant’s alcoholism impedes her progress and she finds herself going into St. Rachael’s AA meetings looking for the criminal. She finds more than confronting her own alcoholism. Her investigation reveals an ongoing plot infiltrating the banking system based in New York City. Further probes uncover that the 2007-9 US economic downfall had its roots in a similar Islamic extremist attack. The ATM perp, the Connecticut Detective and some AA members are caught up in a deadly confrontation that reaches from the small town of Prichard, CT and New York City to Iran and its Al Qaeda links.
Kevin Dowd robs citizens at ATM machines at gunpoint. So far he's only killed one person and that man had a gun. Kevin uses AA meetings to run to and establish an alibi after his ATM heists. He's not an alcoholic. He chose AA because of the anonymity. You don't have to give your last name, yet everyone remembers you were there. In fact, you can make up a name–even your first name. Kevin doesn't relate to any human and feels alone even in crowds. His only concern now is the public announcement by the Prichard Police Department that Detective Doreen Pousant has been assigned to his case. Kevin doesn't know Pousant is an active alcoholic and their paths will cross in AA.
Detective Doreen Pousant is a detail oriented sleuth, a beautiful woman, and a feeling companion...until she picks up a drink. As a detective she's both the "good guy" and the "bad guy". Her Jekyll and Hyde existence will now be life-changing as her drinking will result in a focus on the trail of a major burglar and killer in her moderate-size Connecticut town. The case will take her to New York City and major bank offices. As Pousant achieves stable sobriety her local case expands to include not only bankers but terrorists infiltrating US banks. MY NAME IS KEVIN is a constantly crescendo-building crime and terrorist thriller that pulls the reader into every situation, including attending AA meetings. Dr. Peter Glassman, an award-winning addictionologist, brings us into the world of alcohol recovery and re-acquiring life's coping skills.
Islamic extremists have infiltrated all aspects of American government and corporate structure-including banking. Terrorism is more than killing people to evoke fear and intimidation. Hitting a country's economy strikes terror in every citizen. Islamic terrorists blend in with Americans by assuming their so-called defective traits such as smoking, gambling, and drinking. The Koran forbids drinking but Iran declares it is allowed to fool the Americans. Some jihadists become alcoholics and need treatment and recovery programs. AA is thus infiltrated by alcoholic terrorists. Two AA members discover this and now must flee for their lives from terrorist bank officers who also seek AA for cessation of alcohol use.
Kevin Dowd robs people at ATM machines and intermittently at high cash businesses like liquor stores. Timing is important. Kevin plans his heists 30-minutes before a regular AA meeting he attends. He makes sure he's noticed. People can vouch for him being at AA and not at a crime scene. But so far Kevin hasn't had to use this alibi. He's prepared nevertheless because the lady detective who's been chasing him for two years is getting closer. Kevin scoffs at the law and at AA. He's not an alcoholic. He just uses their meeting rooms and attendees. Unbeknownst to Kevin is that Detective Doreen Pousant is an active alcoholic in trouble with her drinking.
Kevin primarily robs ATM machine users. However, one time he was forced to kill a competitor felon during a liquor store robbery. After his crime is completed Kevin flees to the sanctuary of an AA meeting. Kevin is not an alcoholic or addict. He uses the AA meeting for an alibi by performing his robbery close to AA meeting time. This excerpt makes one wonder about Kevin having a touch of humanity as he gives his ATM victim a token twenty dollars to get home after he takes her car keys and cell phone. He could have left her stranded on a cold winter night.
Kevin is a felon. He commits armed robberies, timing them so he can hide at AA meetings. He always arrives at the meeting a few minutes early to be noticed and always shares on the AA topic. Kevin meets with a few AAers after the meeting. This MOS has only one purpose, to establish an alibi that he was at an AA meeting at the time of his crime. This excerpt is from a chapter that describes what an AA meeting is like. The people have varied professions, talents, and social status. They all have two things in common. First, they're alcoholics or addicts. Second, they no longer drink or drug. Kevin is not, and has never been, an alcoholic.
Detective Doreen Pousant has been after the ATM mugger for over a year. The perp apparently has some obscure escape route that has yet to be discovered. She pursues all leads but without definitive results and direction. Kevin is not an alcoholic. He's a criminal who hides at AA meetings immediately after a perpetration. To establish an alibi, he has to be noticed at the AA sessions. He has studied the habits and protocol of AA meetings and knows what to say, what to do, and how to do it to be remembered., This excerpt shows Kevin in action.
Kevin is about to meet a person in AA who will change his life. The man is called Tex although he, like Kevin, is from Connecticut. Kevin robs a woman at an ATM machine and runs to hide and establish a presence at an AA meeting. Kevin uses AA like he uses people - for self-centered purposes. He is unaware that Detective Denise Pousant is hot on his heels. She will have to confront her alcoholism to cope with her job and rocky relationship with another detective. She also needs to be sober to cope with a discovery that has global consequences on the economy if she picks up a drink.
As an Addictionologist I facilitate recovery groups who are also AA members. I was intrigued by one member of a group because he was Islamic. When I questioned how he strayed from a Moslem taboo against alcohol he told me it was the ultimate assimilation into being an American citizen. This occurred at the time the US banks and the economy had floundered. I wondered if terrorists did the same thing. MY NAME IS KEVIN has terrorists who needed AA because they became alcoholics in their quest for dissolving into the American milieu. I pose the question in MY NAME IS KEVIN about whether our banks were undermined by terrorist infiltration. The novel is fast-paced and allowed me to write about our solid citizens in recovery as well as raise the alarm about terrorist attacks not being limited to attacking people but also attacking an economic system.
Navy LT Dr. Paul Norman and unstable Marine Julio Marco meet at Queens Naval Hospital, New York in 1971. Marco’s psychiatric treatment for alleged atrocities to VC corpses is cut short when the CO transfers Marco to the VA system with a benign diagnosis to avoid a blight on his chances for Admiral stars. The FBI is stone-cold in the dark 15-years later in their pursuit of a murderer who targets Asians and removes their eyes without apparent motive. A summary of the serial homicides in the media prompts Norman to contact the FBI and a hunt for Julio Marco becomes a national Agency priority. Julio Marco, now known as Rupert Petersen, is a respected business magnate in the medical supply industry. Marco only emerges from the Petersen persona when any confrontation occurs with an Asian. Petersen and his two partners from his Vietnam unit conspire to eliminate everyone who had knowledge of Marco’s Naval Hospital treatment. Dr. Norman and his wife, a former Navy Nurse who took care of Marco are last on the list. However, the FBI suspects Norman may be the Eyeman serial killer as those witnesses begin to get killed and no one can back up his story. Only one eccentric FBI Agent, Marvin Pellicle, uncovers incongruities in the evidence against Norman. Julio Marco and the FBI face a collision confrontation in their quest to reach Norman and his wife–one to arrest him and one to kill them.
The North Vietnamese removed the eyes from the US and South Vietnamese dead. The did this because they felt their enemies held that ascension to heaven would not occur with empty eye sockets. Marine Julio Marco witnessed the event and cuts the eyes from fallen North Vietnamese soldiers. His vengeful act becomes more pathological when he expands his hatred to all Asians. This excerpt occurs in the Commanding Officer's Office at Queens Naval Hospital in New York. Capt. Foaming wants no incidents recorded at his hospital. When Marco's cache of human eyes brought back with him to the US is found, Foaming demands destruction of the evidence. The CO also wants all records of Marco's eye removals wiped clean from Navy records.
Dr. Paul Norman had a bad feeling about the newspaper articles he had been following. The FBI was tracking a serial killer who singled out Asians. A gut insight told him it was his patient from Vietnam during his Navy service. He was having nightmares again about Marine LCPL Julio Marco and his bottle of human eyes. Should he call the FBI. Marco's untreated PTSD could have evolved into targeting Asians whether they were combatants or not. The war had been over for 15 years but when Norman had last sent Marco off to the VA Hospital system, Marco was still fighting the war. It could be him. If he didn't call the FBI more Orientals would be killed. He had to make a decision.
The Eyeman must silence all who knew of his Vietnam excesses. They could point the finger at him for the 15-year post-war Asian serial killings. Too busy today as an entrepreneur The Eyeman must employ others to eliminate those who knew him as a patient in the locked Naval hospital psychiatric ward. Untreated PTSD can have lethal collateral consequences when the war never shuts down.
Julio Marco and his flame-thrower specialist buddy, Jockomo Stinza, are on R & R in Saigon with their unit sergeant Fred Royce. Royce and Stinza partake of too much beer and are supported by Marco who doesn't drink. The trio are set upon by three murderous thugs in an alley and Marco rallies to save his buddies and deals with the assailants as he does with the enemy in the Bush. Royce and Stinza are aghast as Marco cuts out the eyes from the dead Vietnamese. This marks the beginning of Marco's behavior outside of a war zone. The war will never end unless his PTSD is treated.
The FBI is now searching for witnesses to confirm that their Eyeman killer began his homicides in the Vietnam War. Concurrently, ex-marine Julio Marco under a new alias is seeking out those same people for termination. They could remember him and point him out to the Agency. Edmundo Gupas was Marco's roommate at Queen's Naval Hospital locked psychiatric ward. Gupas had seen Marco's bottle of human eyes. Gupas is the first target on Marco's list. Marco and his former flame-thrower specialist friend from Nam, Jiacomo Stinza track Gupas to a Brooklyn slum.
Ex-marine Julio Marco experienced intense psychotrauma at seeing his marine best friend killed and mutilated by the VC. Marco was obsessed with revenge and after the war any Asian confrontation, however innocent, could turn his family-man alter ego Rupert Petersen into the combat mode marine Julio Marco. Untreated PTSD can create a dual or split personality as I witnessed during my Navy service as a medical officer. The two personae existing in one body are totally different and the longer the PTSD is untreated the less chance for successful resolution. THE EYEMAN is based on a patient I had during the Vietnam War who arrived in an air-evac to the states with a bottle of human eyes.
It was my wife who suggested I write THE EYEMAN. When I told her I was going to write a book about my Navy Vietnam experiences she said without hesitation, "Then write about that patient of yours who came back from Vietnam with the bottle of human eyes." Wartime experiences create a type of mental shock which in turn alters human behavior. If PTSD is untreated a split personality can occur. One can appear outwardly normal and the other a serial killer triggered by reflection to a combat experience. THE EYEMAN is an example of what can happen to a soldier if his PTSD is not diagnosed, ignored and untreated. Peter Glassman MD, PhD
Mary Murphy has spent a vicious existence at Wilson Medical Products rising to power by blaming faulty anti-FDA practices to get her boss, Dr. Lucy Pintell, fired and ostracized forever from the pharmaceutical industry. From the depths of despair, Pintell meets Dr. Harvey Brasher and together they form The Adjustment Clinic, a clandestine agency that will root out and correct internal malpractices within a drug company and excise the corrupt people responsible for covering up drug toxicity. Under her new identity of Dr. Rowena Diaz, Pintell begins an eight-year journey to confront Mary Murphy and absolve Pintell’s tainted physician legacy. Wilson Medical Products executive Mary Murphy sends an infiltrator into Legg Pharmaceuticals to delay Legg’s FDA submission of a competitive medication and thus gain a major market share with Wilson’s drug. Dr. Porfirio Quintos, CEO of Legg Pharmaceuticals enlists the aid of the Adjustment Clinic against Wilson’s spy. The saboteur from Wilson’s is killed and the submission package of Wilson’s drug is destroyed before it reaches the FDA. Undaunted, Murphy’s next agenda includes attacking Wormwood Drugs and Diagnostics to get their new antibiotic into the FDA first and thereby gain the most market share. Murder, kidnapping and group hypnosis are her tools incorporated into standard ethical drug development.
Adolph Hitler and Saddam Hussein have shown us that one person can influence the politics and procedures of nations. On a smaller scale but with a huge scope of effectiveness, large corporations can become dangerous with a single despot in power. With a pharmaceutical company, dispensing an unsafe product will create lethal consequences on a large scale. Such is the case with Wilson Medical Products and its tyrant director, Mary Murphy. She has, and is still trying, to subvert competitors by physical force and bribe the FDA in obtaining drug approvals. Industrial espionage as I have witnessed it, and lived it, is the reason I exposed drug company crime in THE ADJUSTMENT CLINIC.
The DEA goes after criminals when they've been found out violating drug laws. The new division of the FDA has now armed its agents. Purity Feinberg and Lance Trumble are given their next assignment. It will be an undercover embedding in a major drug company whose drugs are becoming more unsafe with each submission. Prescription recipients are dying. Unbeknownst to Feinberg and Trumble is a secret vigilante group for hire whose mission is to destroy such individuals in drug companies with extreme sanction. The Adjustment Clinic seems always to be one step ahead of them. The DEA, FBI, and FDA wants The Adjustment Clinic and bad drug companies brought to justice.
AC is the Adjustment Clinic. A vigilante group that gets paid by drug companies to police up competitors' evil doings. AC's actions include sabotage and murder. Rowena Diaz is the CEO of AC. Badger Wicket is one of her strong-arm enforcers. The FDA is a paper police force for the drug industry. If it disproves a drug, doctors won't write prescriptions for it. It never makes it to the marketplace. Billions of dollars are at stake. AC is targeting Wilson Medical Products-the number one drug co. in the world. Wilson's is vicious and pushes unsafe products through the FDA. They have there own anti-competition thugs. AC is about to wage war with Wilson Medical Products.
The DEA is an enforcement agency that's more like a police force out to capture perpetrators violating the current drug laws. The FDA division, as with Feinberg and Trumble, was created to flush out criminals in the corporate pharmaceutical world. This excerpt from THE ADJUSTMENT CLINIC, has DEA Agent Willomena Kemos interacting with Feinberg and Trumble about an FDA drug submission hijacking and double murder. Their assignment is to focus on, and possibly infiltrate, the two drug companies involved. They are totally unaware of the existence of The Adjustment Clinic.
The FDA creates an armed investigative component to infiltrate two drug companies suspected of murder, collusion, sabotage and pushing bad drugs through loopholes in their system. FDA Agents Purity Feinberg and Lance Trumble get the assignment and work with the DEA. While they are initially focusing on specific drug companies a third, and critical entity, The Adjustment Clinic, is in fact the guilty clandestine party. As Purity Feinberg relates, "It takes only one bad drug to kill and maim millions. The FDA has to do more than just look at paper approvals. We have to root out the evil in the drug development scene."
I spent 30 years working in drug development for nine major drug companies. During that time I witnessed internal corruption, overt data falsification, safety violations, employee intimidation and false claims submitted to the FDA. I was afraid to speak up for fear of job loss and demands with threats to keep silent. I'm now retired and THE ADJUSTMENT CLINIC represents the tip of the iceberg as to what a few people in otherwise ethical corporate surroundings can do with the drugs you take prescribed in good faith by your unknowing MD. While TV lawyers are bringing it to your attention, THE ADJUSTMENT CLINIC is a vigilante force trying to correct this by legal or other means.
Holthar, high priest of Stonehenge transcends thousands of years to select a Chosen Templar to save the planet from terrorist destruction. A crow singles out NY Times DC reporter Morgan Kane is given a stone from Stonehenge enabling a connection with the elder priest. Kane, the Chosen Templar, learns the power of light which can impart learning or impart destruction. Kane’s mission becomes apparent quickly. Iran wants to polarize the world into pro-Islam extremism and all others to evoke a world of Allies and Axis forces where there can be only one survivor. Holthar understands there will be no survivors if Iran uses its chemical missile weapons. Kane as the Chosen Templar must get to Tehran and prevent initiation of this last earthly holocaust.
NY Times reporter Morgan Kane is followed by two terrorists as he heads to his Washington, DC apartment. He's been tracked by these two from his UK vacation tour of Stonehenge. Kane is a political analyst and one of a privileged few press reps with access to the President's daily press conferences. A crow at Stonehenge dropped a stone from the giant primitive columns into Kane's hands. Kept in his pocket, the stone vibrates when it changes color. In this excerpt, the color green is a warning to be vigilant and wary of people, places and things. He will learn what different colors mean, including a color to avoid his death.
Holthar, the high priest of Stonehenge, comes to NY Times reporter Morgan Kane, napping on a plane from the UK. With Iran poised to launch a global chemical attack on non-jihad countries, Holthar seeks a Templar (priest) to use Stonehenge's powers to confront Iran. A ChosenTemplar is the only one who can thwart Iran's use of chemicals with the power of light. Such weaponry with light spectra was used by the Druids thousands of years before BC. This excerpt shows Kane's first contact bridging the time warp from Stonehenge days to our times of intense Jihad threat.
This excerpt denotes a scenario being seen today. In WWII there two major political factions: The Axis (Fascism) and The Allies (Democracy). Today we have Islamic extremism (often called Islamic fascism) and Western Democracy. THE DRUID STONE shows a world poised on another global war. First, it needs a world buy-in to the above polarities. All countries have been infiltrated by jihadists. All sections of government, including the military, have sleeper Islamic extremists waiting for their call to arms. Only the time-old enemy of jihad factions, The Druids, can confront Iran's bid for a global chemical world war. The high priest of Stonehenge becomes today's emissary for this confrontation.
A holographic image and presence of Holthar, the high priest of Stonehenge, keeps reappearing to New York Times reporter Morgan Kane. As Holthar increases the frequency of his connection to Kane, Kane becomes more aware of an Iranian plot to launch a global war. Kane's main problem is his own mental credibility. Is he hallucinating? Does he have a brain tumor? These are questions beginning to get resolved as this excerpt shows physical evidence of a paranormal experience. Kane learns more about the Druids and their power in a gradual progression to his transformation to a Knight Templar, needed to confront Iran's "holy" war against the West.
Iran wants the world polarized into pro-Moslem and anti-Moslem. Specifically Iran wants Islam extremism to dominant humanity. NY Times reporter Morgan Kane knows this via his interaction with a stone retrieved at Stonehenge. Kane has been selected by Holthar, the Stonehenge high priest, to become the Chosen Templar and confront the Ayatollah in Iran. Kane is slow to understand the power of his Druid Stone. Iranian agents want Kane dead so they can launch a global war beginning against the U.S. We see in today's headlines that Iran wants nuclear power. We see Iran assaulting international shipping. The world is standing idly by letting this happen. Iran wants another WWII. Only the power of Kane's Druid Stone can pose a threat to Iran's worldwide Jihad.
When my wife and I toured Stonehenge several years ago I was caught up in the history and aura of the Stonehenge Temple. There were signs everywhere warning not to take any stones from the site. I had been wanting to write about Iran's chemical warfare capability and now I had the missing link. The jihadists were driven by ancient religion and only ancient religion can stop them. The power of Stonehenge might do it. In The Druid Stone, Iran has broadcast its designs on eliminating the non-Islamic world. NY Times reporter Morgan Kane was given a stone during his Stonehenge tour and now sees Holthar, the Stonehenge high priest of 2000 years ago. The stone imparts powers of light which are emitted via Kane's hands and eyes. He arrives in Tehran and must stop Iran's launch of chemical warhead missiles on the western world.
U.S. NAVAL HOSPITAL presents 8 short stories of real life happenings to patients and staff during wartime. Central Park has three marine patients testing their recovery by allowing New York City muggers to attack them. Lexington and Thomas Jefferson depicts the author as a Navy Medical Officer caught up in the bureaucracy of a wartime mindset. When the Vietnam War ends the author faces Navy law prosecution for seemingly trivial circumstances in A Tale of Two Boats. The Man In White about a wounded warrior in a total body cast presents an epidemiological nightmare to the hospital commander. You won’t believe how much trouble a wounded marine sergeant creates for himself in The Tattoo. A noted Navy chest surgeon takes up a bow and arrow to stalk his wife’s lover from Central Park in Arrows in the Night. The most outrageous and frightening episode for the author because it really happened to him is revealed in Peter and the Wolf. Dirty Surgery is about germs-the US Navy verses imported bacteria and the paranoia it generates. Albans, Boston and Portsmouth New Hampshire Naval Hospitals all vie for unusual situations with life in a military medical society.
I met Admiral Hyman Rickover, US Nuclear Submarine Fleet Commandant, on 3 occasions in the Navy. First, when I was the MD coordinating his annual physical exam. Second, when I reported the presence of radioactive cockroaches on my boomer submarine. And lastly, when I discovered rampant alcohol use at the submarine shipyard of my last assignment. The Portsmouth, NH yard was implicated in errors leading to the Thresher and Scorpion disastrous sinking with all hands aboard. This excerpt is from my book, US Naval Hospital, documenting my Navy service as a Medical Officer during the Vietnam War years.
I was a Chief Navy Intern during the Vietnam War at a 2100 bed NY Naval Hospital. I never went to Vietnam but the possibility always hung over our heads. As the senior intern I had to perform the admission history and physical exam on Admiral Hyman Rickover for his mandatory annual check-up which included lab work and x-ray studies. Rickover was of small stature but a reputed irascible commander. I was terrified I would do something in my work-up which would upset him enough to get me orders to an under fire Vietnam field hospital. This excerpt is a true account and shows that fear in the military doesn't have to come from a combat situation. It could emanate from administration of a barium enema.
What would you rather do in the Navy as a Doctor - be in a front line under fire field hospital or be a nuclear submarine Medical Officer? I had that choice. My wife helped with the decision of course. I went to Submarine Medicine School in New London, Connecticut. It was safer, easier, and more fun than dodging bullets, right? Wrong. This excerpt taken from my book of wartime short stories in the Navy, US NAVAL HOSPITAL, shows that even submarine basic training could shorten your lifespan. It didn't get much easier when I was assigned to the USS Thomas Jefferson and we cruised 100 feet under water.
I learned to sail in the Navy. Special Services supplied the sailboat - a 16-foot Puffin. My Corpsman was an experienced sailor and my mentor. When the Vietnam War ended for the US in 1973, I had more time to spend with the Puffin. As a Navy Medical Officer, I could use my afternoons and evening freely as long as I wasn't on call for the hospital. Portsmouth Naval Hospital was part of the Portsmouth Naval nuclear submarine shipyard. One afternoon our Puffin got becalmed in the submarine lane heading into the shipyard. The sub could not leave the lane and was coming straight for us. At times like this I use foxhole prayers and made promises to God to get me out of this situation.
Everyone,especially me, dreaded the Presidential letter of invitation to military service. It was called a draft notice. I had envisioned my life as stable and projected a career as a research doctor and ultimately full professor at Boston University School of Medicine. I had a new baby, I hadn't had an internship yet, and I had some physical disability from previous ulcer surgery. President Johnson and my draft board didn't care. A place for doctors could always be found in the service during wartime. Physician exemptions from the military were rare. US NAVAL HOSPITAL details a few of my exploits, none of which I write with regret. I think of the Navy and the Vietnam War every Memorial Day as something I had to do for my country, and would do again.
Doctor-patient visits in a wartime Navy hospital are just like in a civilian hospital except the patients are wounded or sick warriors. The visits are called "rounds".The title of this short story is Dirty Surgery. The patients all have infections - some from bullet wounds, shrapnel fragments, or just tropical opportunist infectious diseases. The operating room personnel treated us and our patients as if we were lepers. We were somehow regarded as carriers of unseen microscopic bacterial enemies. It was common for me to take 2-3 showers a day before I went home. My wife viewed my existence on Dirty Surgery as if I was carrying the black plague.
Three marine patients test their combat readiness by pretending to be easy marks for NY City's Central Park muggers. This excerpt is from one of the nine short stories in US NAVAL HOSPITAL. A marine named Blodgett lures a mugger by pretending to be alone and vulnerable. The deal with the three marines is for one to attract and overpower a mugger without having to call for help from the other two. They each have to take turns being a mugger's target. The consequences of this action reach back to their Naval Hospital in Long Island.
As a General Medical Officer in the Navy at St. Albans Naval Hospital, I was often in charge of soldier-patients awaiting call back to duty. Most marines wanted to go back to combat in Vietnam. I could never understand that. These hearty combatants had already proven themselves and had gotten bloodied. This excerpt from US Naval Hospital is a true story. I changed the names of course. Three marines had a weekend pass to NY City and headed for Central Park. Their mission was not R
This short story has three sections. The common entity is my interaction with the Navy's Nuclear Submarine Commandant when I was a young Navy Medical Officer. Admiral Hyman Rickover was noted as a brilliant submarine developer and a confrontational, irascible human being. He was short, thin and never smiled. My job in my first contact with the Admiral was to do his annual physical exam. Little did I know that our paths would cross two more times over the next four years. And each time was more fearful than the next.
A Navy anesthesia resident confronts a marine war returnee with a healing gunshot wound. The marine sergeant now wants his tattoos removed because they threaten his domestic tranquility. Many servicemen obtain tattoos because of peer pressure plus poor judgement brought on by alcohol as in this story. How does a tattoo get removed? What kind of anesthesia is needed? What are the consequences of the surgery called dermabrasion? This marine sergeant and most of the Navy hospital population find out.
I changed the names in my memoir short stories. The story lines are all true and especially this story about a surgeon who returns home from the war to find his wife has been unfaithful. The reader has to reflect on how often this happens. I can only say in my experience as a Navy Medical officer during the Vietnam War, I witnessed it many times. Does it occur now? Unfortunately it does. I work with PTSD Afghanistan and Iraqi returnees once a week. For a few, their PTSD is based not on combat but coming home to wives living with another man. Arrows in the Night is a true story even with the outrageous scenes taking place in New York's Central Park or at the US Naval Hospital.
I was the Junior Medical Officer of the Day (JMOOD) at St. Albans Naval Hospital during the Vietnam War. Our daily census was 2100 patients. As JMOOD I had to work the emergency room and one night the Brooklyn Shore Patrol dropped an army sergeant off in cuffs and chains because he was biting people in Central Park. It was a full moon mild fall night. When I began examining the soldier his demeanor and appearance changed. The whites of his eyes turned red, he began to salivate, and his hair stood up. It was a massive adrenaline discharge. He started howling like a wolf and attacked me. The clinical name for werewolfism is Lycanthropy. My wife heard about the episode before I came home. The entire incident was referred to as Peter and the Wolf. Peter Glassman MD, PhD
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