Richard Selzer
American physician
Richard Selzer
Richard Selzer was a surgeon and author. He was born and raised in Troy, New York, United States. His father was Julius Selzer, M.D. a general practitioner who practiced from the ground floor of the family home at Fifth Avenue in Troy. His mother, Gertrude Selzer, was an amateur singer who performed in local productions of musicals and opera. Richard Selzer graduated from Union College in 1948, with a B.S. and received his M.D. from Albany Medical College in 1953.
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Richard Selzer, Who Fictionalized Medicine’s Absurdity and Gore, Dies at 87
NYTimes - 9 months
Dr. Selzer, who spent years as a surgeon, turned his operating-room experiences into fictional stories about modern medicine.
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Santiago Ortiz house open during AIA tour Sunday
LATimes - almost 5 years
Architect Santiago Ortiz takes us through the sustainable Venice home he designed for his family in the latest installment of Pro Portfolio, our feature that looks at recently built, remodeled or redecorated spaces with commentary from the designers. The house will be featured Sunday on an American Institute of Architects home tour. Details of the tour are at the bottom of the post. Designer and builder: Santiago Ortiz, Ortiz Mexia Projects. Structural engineer: C.W. Howe Partners, (310) 838-0383. Designer's description: This house is built on an 11,000-square-foot lot east of Lincoln Avenue and south of Santa Monica Airport. From foundation to roof, all materials were chosen for their stability, durability and sustainability. The house is built around a great room for cooking, dining and communing. The emphasis is on entertaining family and friends. The south-facing wall of sliding doors provides natural lighting, excellent views of the lush backyard and seamless indoor-ou ...
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Kidnapped Doctor Steven L. Berk, M.D., Returns to the Scene of the Crime in ... - PR Web (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
According to Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone, “This phenomenal memoir evokes Lewis Thomas and Richard Selzer in its insights into medicine, but it is also the suspenseful drama of an encounter with a criminal that could have ended badly
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JCC 'thriving' despite dwindling membership - liherald.com
Google News - over 5 years
“I would much rather harp on how we've overcome that issue,” said JCC President Richard Selzer, “how the Conservative Jewish population, though dwindling — we are still thriving with programming and satisfying the [community's] needs.”
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W. Hempstead Boundary Blues - The Jewish Week
Google News - over 5 years
“They have been steering Jews to the West Hempstead side of Dogwood Avenue, saying, 'This is where the Jews are,'” said Richard Selzer, the shul's president. Rabbi Arthur Vernon said that in the seven years he has been the congregation's spiritual
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Xpress Reviews—First Look at New Books, July 15, 2011 - Library Journal
Google News - over 5 years
Those who enjoyed such books as Richard Selzer's Letters to a Young Doctor will find this book an education for both the mind and the heart.—AW Klink, Duke Univ., NC Brumback, Gary. The Devil's Marriage: Break Up the Corpocracy or Leave Democracy in
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A Diary of a Legendary New Haven Surgeon-Author - fairfieldweekly.com
Google News - almost 6 years
Richard Selzer's Diary is a New Haven smorgasbord. Selzer, a highly regarded author of many books of stories and essays and former Yale surgeon, traded scalpel for pen 30 or so years ago. He's since become a literary fixture in downtown
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NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: WOODSIDE; M.T.A. Gets Pigeons to Dance One Delicate Zap at a Time
NYTimes - over 14 years
The first thing the Metropolitan Transportation Authority wants you to know is that it is not planning to electrocute pigeons. It just wants to zap them with low-voltage electricity. The agency's new Avian Bird Relocation System -- ''That's just what it's called,'' a spokeswoman, Marisa Baldeo, said about the redundant title -- is the latest step
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New & Noteworthy Paperbacks
NYTimes - over 17 years
The Last King of Scotland By Giles Foden. Vintage International, $13. Nicholas Garrigan, a young Scottish doctor in the employ of the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, is anything but heroic: he's weak and indecisive and easily manipulated. ''Therein lies the admirable risk'' of this ambitious first novel, Michael Upchurch wrote here last year, and
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FOOTLIGHTS
NYTimes - almost 18 years
NEWS Last Word ''The Hours,'' a novel by Michael Cunningham, is the winner of the 1999 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. The book, published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, was chosen by a jury from more than 270 novels and short story collections brought out in the United States in 1998 by 93 publishing houses. The novel deals with two contemporary
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Books in Brief: Fiction; The Language of Sickness
NYTimes - over 18 years
Surgeons may play God with human lives, but their cloak of technical mastery and medical jargon hides a deep vulnerability. After all, they must stand humbly by at that terrible moment when, as Richard Selzer puts it, ''the humidity of life'' dissipates into arid nothingness. It's understandable, then, that while still a relatively young man,
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Hospital Harassment
NYTimes - almost 19 years
WALKING OUT ON THE BOYS By Frances K. Conley. 245 pp. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $24. Dr. Frances K. Conley, a rare female neurosurgeon in what remains an overwhelmingly male specialty, made headlines in June 1991 by announcing her resignation from the faculty of the Stanford University Medical School in protest against what she described
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THEATER; The Ultimate Moment, When Reason Fails
NYTimes - about 19 years
TAKE an analytical surgeon who would rather be a metaphysician. Add a prominent playwright who extracts drama from a doctor's private and professional dilemma. Pair him with a director for whom confronting audiences with the unspoken mysteries of life is more important than offering a real good time. Such are the uncommon associations from which
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THE GUIDE
NYTimes - about 19 years
Power of the Word Danny Glover and Felix Justice will present a single performance of a production called ''An Evening With Langston and Martin'' today at 5 P.M. at the Palace Theater, 61 Atlantic Street in Stamford. The two actors have drawn on the writings of Langston Hughes and the oratory of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mr. Justice
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When Egos Squirm Under the Eye of Death
NYTimes - about 20 years
''Are you free on Feb. 10?'' When the question is asked in David Rabe's remarkable new drama, ''A Question of Mercy,'' a play dominated by an awareness of dates and the ways in which time is measured, it is done almost blithely. And the conversation that immediately follows, which suggests the familiar social awkwardness of two people who scarcely
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A Noteworthy Collection
NYTimes - over 21 years
This selection of paperbacks is from the New & Noteworthy column since the 1995 summer reading issue. THE ALIENIST By Caleb Carr. Bantam, $6.99. Fiction about a turn-of-the-century serial killer. ALL'S FAIR: LOVE, WAR, AND RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT By Mary Matalin and James Carville with Peter Knobler. Random House and Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, $13.
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New & Noteworthy Paperbacks
NYTimes - over 21 years
A STRANGER IN THIS WORLD By Kevin Canty. Vintage Contemporaries, $10. Many of the characters in these 10 stories act impulsively, letting their futures melt away in the heat of a moment. In 1994 our reviewer, Catherine Bush, called this collection a "superb debut," offering "sharp, distilled intelligence, mingling recognition with surprise." A
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Richard Selzer
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2010
    Age 82
    In 2010, The Abaton, a medical humanities literary and arts journal produced by Des Moines University, awarded the inaugural Selzer Prize for Writing.
    More Details Hide Details The award was created to honor Dr. Selzer for his contribution to the medical humanities and medical profession as a whole. The award will be given annually to a medical student whose essay or story stands out for its quality and humanistic focus. The award winner by year:
  • THIRTIES
  • 1960
    Age 32
    In 1960, following a surgical internship and residency at Yale University, he joined the faculty of Yale as a professor of surgery, where he remained until his retirement in 1985.
    More Details Hide Details Beginning in the 1970s, Dr. Selzer became well known as an author as well. Richard Selzer books are generally collections of short stories, essays, and memoirs, including selections from his massive diary. But Imagine A Woman consists entirely of fiction, and he has written two full-length memoirs, Raising the Dead, and Down from Troy: A Doctor Comes of Age. With author and friend Peter Josyph, Selzer published a kind of spoken autobiography, What One Man Said to Another: Talks with Richard Selzer, which has also been recorded as a Blackstone audiobook with Peter Josyph reading the part of Richard Selzer and actor Raymond Todd reading the part of Peter Josyph. Josyph also edited and illustrated a collection of Selzer's correspondence with him, called Letters to A Best Friend. Selzer's most recent books are Diary, which consists entirely of entries from the journal he has kept religiously for decades, and the novel Knife Song Korea, which is closely based on his experience as a very young surgeon in the U.S. Army in a remote Korean village after the close of the Korean War. The novel won three prizes for literary fiction.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1948
    Age 20
    Richard Selzer graduated from Union College in 1948, with a B.S. and received his M.D. from Albany Medical College in 1953.
    More Details Hide Details He served in the Army for two years as a lieutenant in charge of a medical detachment.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1928
    Age 0
    Born in 1928.
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