|AUTHOR LAWRENCE DORR, M.D.
Lawrence Dorr is an internationally respected orthopedic
surgeon, one of only two surgeons to be president of all three
prestigious knee and hip replacement societies. He was honored in
2005 by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons as Humanitarian
of the Year for founding Operation Walk, which provides pro bono
surgeries in the developing world. A native of Iowa and a graduate
of the University of Iowa Medical School, Dr. Dorr, with his wife
Marilyn, established a chair for hip surgery at the University of
Iowa and founded the Dimensions Program for healthcare students at
Cornell College in Iowa. Dr. Dorr has written 300 scientific
articles, as well as the definitive book on hip replacement surgery,
but it's his talent at
storytelling, and his fascination and passion for medicine that
drove him to write his first historical novel. He and Marilyn live
in La Canada, California, and he practices at Good Samaritan
Hospital in Los Angeles.
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WHY I WRITE
by Dr. Lawrence Dorr
Ever since my college days at Cornell College in Iowa, I have wanted
to write a novel. I loved reading and I wanted to have the amazing
gift to be able to fascinate and inspire people through
storytelling. I even worked with my favorite English professor,
Winifred VanEtten, writing some chapters and learning the craft.
Then I went off to medical school.
I enjoy a wonderful, fulfilling career as a surgeon, making miracles
happen every day, but have still always thought about combining the
miracle and mystery of medicine with the miracle and mystery of
creating a novel. Four years ago I decided to pursue this lifelong
dream. The topic was a natural – medicine. What attracted me was the
mystery of how medicine-by-chance became Medicine the profession.
The transformation was a time of miracles and profound discoveries
for the doctors. People saw how their loved ones actually survived,
stayed alive and thrived, because of a medical treatment. Medicine
could provide a second chance to live. It was then I knew the name
of my book: Die Once, Live Twice.
Die Once, Live Twice is the story of the Sullivan and Specht
families as they live through this transformation of medicine from
just being able to give hope to one that could fulfill hope. Doctors
were scientists and medical treatments were scientifically based. In
my novel doctor scientists unravel one mystery after another by hard
work, suffering, and continual learning. Sometimes their reward is
saving someone! My reward as a physician has been to save many
people. My reward as a novelist will be to entertain, inspire and
perhaps make my readers laugh and cry! Even teach a little of the
amazing history of my ever- fascinating profession!
Die Once, Live Twice, will reinforce readers' beliefs that
medicine can find the miracles, or solve the mysteries necessary for
us or our loved ones to live twice if illness or injury jeopardize
our lives. Many of you reading this may have already experienced the
miracle of medicine. Those readers will understand my novel in its
I am thrilled that my dream will finally came true when my book was
published on October 1st of this year. It is available in your
local bookstores as well as on Amazon, as an e-book after November
1st, but I'm hoping to meet my readers at various book signings and
events around the country. Please check my tour schedule to see
where I'll be. Come out and say hello, and share the excitement and
Dr. Lawrence Dorr