Ever wonder what it takes to be a surgeon? Step inside The Brigham and find out. Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital is not only one of the oldest and most prestigious medical centers in America; it's also Harvard Medical School's main teaching hospital.

Ever wonder what it takes to be a surgeon? Step inside The Brigham and find out. Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital is not only one of the oldest and most prestigious medical centers in America; it’s also Harvard Medical School’s main teaching hospital. Here, many of the country’s best surgeons learn their live-saving skills. In this gripping narrative, you’ll meet the young men and women in their surgical training; and follow in their footsteps through the hospital wards, the classroom and right into the operating rooms of The Brigham. You’ll learn how these residents are educated-and how that training has changed. Co-authored by Dr. Stan Ashley, long-time director of surgical education at The Brigham, and Newsday writer John Hanc-author of two award-winning memoirs-this is a rare glimpse into a Harvard Medical School facility; and an inspiring and fascinating story about the young people who make the grade in one of the world’s toughest and most important professions.


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John Hanc is the author of ten books, including two award-winning memoirs, The Coolest Race on Earth (Chicago Review Press, 2009) about his experience running the Antarctica Marathon and Not Dead Yet (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's Press) written with bike racer Phil Southerland, founder of Team Type 1.

A long-time contributor to Newsday in New York, and a contributing editor to Runner's World magazine, John Hanc's work also appears in The New York Times, Family Circle, Smithsonian and Yoga Journal.

Previous books include Jones Beach: An Illustrated History (Globe Pequot Press, 2007) with a cover blurb from Donald Trump, who called it a book that "any New Yorker would be proud to have in their collection"; Racing For Recovery: From Addict to Ironman co-authored with Todd Crandell (Breakaway Books, 2006), Running for Dummies (co-authored with the late Florence Griffith Joyner, IDG Books, 1999) and the best-selling running primer, The Essential Runner, (Lyons & Burford, 1994).

Hanc has lectured extensively on his books about Jones Beach-the iconic Long Island, New York oceanfront park-and his experience in the Antarctica Marathon. He has appeared in both large chain and independent bookstores, where his talks have drawn up to 100 people. He has also been interviewed on NPR and ABC radio networks.

Hanc is an associate professor at the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, where he teaches classes in journalism, writing and communications.

A graduate of Emerson College in Boston, he received his master's degree at the journalism school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


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