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PostDr Robert Schenck's Memoirs, "Synapse" (Robert Schenck, MD, USA, 09/16/20 3:43 am)
I recently published my memoirs, Synapse (Robert R. Schenck, available on Amazon.com).
A synopsis of Synapse: Born into modest circumstances in rural Illinois, Dr. Robert Schenck tells of his attending a one-room country schoolhouse, graduating from Reed Grade School at age 11. He recounts his boyhood survival of the tragic death of his mother that same year. Precocious, he entered Taylor University at the age of 15. There he and a fellow classmate had a life-changing experience in Europe. After graduation he worked five jobs, seven hours a day to pay for medical school at the University of Illinois in Chicago.
His life journey took more unexpected routes: a stint at an Indian reservation in Minnesota, a leprosarium in Louisiana, a medical mission in Ethiopia, and a coal miners' clinic in Pennsylvania. His personal life brought many joys plus its shares of sadness: the adoption of a Native American girl that ended tragically and the birth of a child with spina bifida. He went on to become Director of Hand Surgery at Rush Medical School in Chicago, where he invented the method of Dynamic Traction for treating severely fragmented finger joint fractures. His memoirs serve to remind us all that with perseverance and courage, we all can do much good in society. As the title Synapse suggests, one thing does lead to another.
Search: Robert Schenck Synapse on Amazon.com, or follow this link to obtain a copy:
JE comments: Congratulations and best of success with the book! I've already ordered my copy for the WAIS library.
Robert, are you referring to the leprosarium in Carville (near Baton Rouge), Louisiana? It housed patients until 2015, and is now the site of the National Hansen's Disease Museum. Fascinating. And how many knew that the outspoken political consultant James Carville is from Carville, a town named for his grandfather?