Chapter 1: Babe Ruth’s Cancer
In this Chapter about baseball legend Babe Ruth’s cancer, Dr. Perrotta begins by weaving personal reminiscences regarding his family members and their final resting place, Mount Pleasant-Gate of Heaven Cemetery, in New York, and that of other well- known personalities including Babe Ruth. The discussion of Ruth’s gravesite at Gate of Heaven and the events describing his farewell speech at Yankee Stadium, his course of disease, treatment and death are told with vivid reality, so as to actually portray a picture of observing the Babe from the stands, the hospital wards and the radiation therapy department. The clinical conundrum of the 1940’s initially presumed laryngeal carcinoma diagnosis vs. the actual diagnosis is presented to accurately reflect the clinical picture of the presenting signs and symptoms with Ruth’s past history of alcohol and tobacco usage. A review of the current status of the disease is easily summarized and understood in the form of story with scientific accuracy.
Michael I. Opipari, DO-Retired Medical Oncologist-Shelby Township, MI
Chapter 7: The Leper on the Bus
This is my favorite of Dr. Perrotta's stories. It has never suffered from the retelling and is one of the greatest put-downs in the world of medicine I have ever heard. I loved it!
Louis Rondini, DO-Retired Thoracic-Vascular Surgeon-Grosse Pointe Park, MI
Chapter 8: Bow Ties
I highly recommend this chapter for your reading pleasure and for its value to dressing with flair. It romances us with the love of the bow ties, informs us of its history and style, and gives hope to its future with the younger generation.
Allen C. Skiba-Vice-President and Co-owner, the Claymore Shop-Birmingham, MI
Bow tie aficionados will appreciate this chapter. It represents a poignant and reverential devotion to these unique sartorial adornments. “Who wears bow ties?” is a question with no simple answer. Humility and the bow tie wearer do not fit well in the same sentence. Yet, the author of this carefully crafted chapter is neither audacious nor arrogant as he escorts us through the lexicon and profiles of the bow tie world.
Richard Scott, DO-Retired Orthopedic Surgeon-Grosse Pointe, MI
Chapter 4: The Deadly Dentist
As a practicing clinical dentist for over 50 years, it was with great interest that I read the history of a fellow colleague who struggles as a person with tuberculosis in an era when it was an occupational disease for dentists. Dr. Perrotta describes, with an eye for detail, the complexities contradictions and idiosyncrasies of this Wild West dentist. I was enriched by learning a lot more about tuberculosis and how it impacted Doc Holliday’s life. This chapter is a must-read, especially for dentists.
W.A. Irwin, DDS-Southfield, MI
I enjoyed reading about the life and times of Doc Holliday, especially from the perspective of a physician. Your assessment both of his tuberculosis, as it related to his life and death, as well as his personality and intellectual characteristics, brought the old gunfighter to life in a new perspective. Doc Holliday, the dentist and old-west gunfighter, was presented in a new light-an intellectual adapting as possible to the ravages of the disease and the need to survive in the Old West.
Richard Kulbersh, DMD, MS-Chairman, Department of Orthodontics-University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry
Chapter 3: Detroit Never Forgave Him
Dr. Perrotta has captured his encounter with an unassuming world boxing champion in a way that highlights compassion both of his profession as well as that of a one-time national hero.
John W. Reddy
Playwright and Retired Newspaper Editor-Bloomfield Hills, MI
The chapter about Ezzard Charles is a juxtaposition of brutality and caring. His last opponent was ALS and no one can defeat it. Indeed, a draw is rare. We are privileged to read of the relationship between Dr. Perrotta, the student physician, who recognized the unique character of the man, the athlete and the patient whose quality of life was enhanced by osteopathic palliative care. The story is told with fondness and is worth telling and reading about.
Michael A. Nigro, DO-Retired Chief of Pediatric Neurology-Children’s Hospital of Detroit
Chapter 13: The Father of Bone Marrow Transplantation
Thank you for a great piece. I'm grateful for the opportunity to share my experience with others so they may better understand the importance of this amazing procedure and how impactful it is for everyone involved.
Michelle Thornbury-Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Donor
Chapter 10: Wombmates
The author’s chapter on twins is not only interesting in a general sense but also very valuable to any person or couple who might want more specific information concerning human reproduction. The author uses case studies to introduce many facets of reproductive outcomes that will be welcome by inquisitive people. But his examples might be scary to some who might prefer to accept what happens in God’s providence without getting into details.
I found his explanation of twinning issues; his detailed discussion of reproductive biology, including genetics and epigenetics, to be fascinating. Also useful was his appropriate advice and treatment of various issues and diagnostic tests that, in our current state of reproductive technologies, can bring about success in challenging situations. However, whenever new scientific knowledge and technology becomes available, moral and ethical principles have to be discussed before applying new information. The author begins to approach the issues but leaves room for more discussion.
Overall, I found the chapter very informative, accurate and a very interesting read.
Harrison Visscher, MD-Former Director of Education, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists-Holland, MI
As you might guess, I especially found the chapter "Wombmates" of interest. I want to thank you for the education I received from reading it.
Elaine Malcoun-Grandmother of Identical Twin Boys
Chapter 5: He Could Not Read a Note
Dr. Perrotta’s information about opera and musical performers is very well-researched. I delighted in learning the background of musicians and their musical performance. It is especially interesting to learn of opera performers who could not read music. It seems that it would be very difficult to rehearse when one doesn’t understand the orchestral texture of performance through notation. This is a normal procedure when an instrumentalist performs with an orchestra.
Herbert T. Meyer, M.Mus. University of Michigan
Chapter 12: Humor as Medicine
I really enjoyed the chapter on Humor as Medicine. The comparison of “old” humor (Hope, Winters, etc.) with the new people is particularly apt. The section on golf jokes will keep the attention of a large part of your audience. I really liked the segment on your dealings with patients over the years and how humor has helped in that regard. The suggestions on how to spot whether or not humor is advisable are excellent. Senior humor was great! Wonder why I feel that way! This piece makes some outstanding points about the use of humor not only for doctors but for all of us and I am pleased that it was included in your book. As an aside, I always found your humor as a teenager to fit my own. Watching you deal with humor helped draw me out of the protective shell I held around me at that age. When I moved to Florida and to public school for the first time in my life, I was much more relaxed and started using humor regularly. I was also voted the funniest guy in the senior class and owe that all to you!
Reginald Ivory-Author of “There is no President”, “Headless” and "Heartless"-Nashville, TN
Chapter 2: There had to be a Better Way
Dr. John Bonica was a giant in the field of anesthesiology. He revolutionized the management of pain. His contribution to obstetric anesthesia is inestimable. This chapter will be fascinating to wrestling fans and has an element of surprise that is a blockbuster.
Albert J Cerevolo, MD-Retired Anesthesiologist-Grosse Pointe, MI
This fascinating chapter has special significance to me since Dr. Bonica holds an almost mythical position in my specialty of anesthesiology. Dr. Perrotta’s chapter is especially meaningful for me since it brings back many memories of my life and career. I cannot wait to read the rest of his tome.
Charles L. Jones, DO-Retired Anesthesiologist-Ruidoso, NM
Chapter 6: Snakebite
The chapter entitled “Snakebite” is engaging and captivating. The author demonstrates the ability to create a very real and vivid picture of actually being with him. I felt privy to his thought process and apprehension in approaching this dramatic situation. It was fascinating to learn in laymen’s terms why snakebite is so deadly. Specifically, the pathophysiology of envenomation is detailed in a format that was both understandable and riveting to the non-medical person (my wife). The way that he was able to recreate the characters and mood with his descriptions of the scenes and their emotional environment, is reminiscent of the literary style of William Faulkner, Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway.
Stanley Materka DO-Emergency Medicine-Mt. Clemens, MI
Chapter 9: The Interview
The questions and statements made by the neophyte interviewer would be illegal and the subject of a potential lawsuit today. The responses to the ethical and moral issues were outstanding. The Jesuits would be proud of his retorts. Profiling the osteopathic colleges as providers of primary care physicians with “people skills” was spot on. I am glad that the interview was successful for the author, he has added much to the advancement of the osteopathic profession.
Edward A. Loniewski, DO-Past President, American Osteopathic Association-Farmington Hills, MI
When a prospective student is being interviewed for admission to medical school, the applicant hopes the interviewer likes what he sees before him-his academic transcripts and letters of recommendation. That was not the case when the author was interviewed for admission those many years ago. He was confronted by the worst kind of interviewer; one who would not be tolerated today but one in whom the author believed held his destiny in his grip. His faith was being challenged and he felt that his future was on the line. What would any of us have done faced with compromising his principles versus gaining acceptance. The author’s unswerving beliefs and character mobilized him into verbal combat to confront this Torquemada with determination and conviction and he won the day. I am proud to be his friend and colleague.
H. William Winstanley, DO-Retired Urgent Care Physician-Marshall, MI
Chapter 11: Separate but Equal
The Vietnam War was a sentinel event in my life and that of my family. Four weeks after I was drafted in 1967, I was sent to Vietnam to participate in our country’s war effort. I had no idea of the significance of that action to the osteopathic profession as well as the entire military corps. That is, until I read Dr. Perrotta’s description of how the first “DO draft” had such a far reaching effect on the profession. I am grateful for seeing the larger picture and deeper understanding of my place in military medical history.
Frank Messana, DO-Retired Radiologist-Bloomfield Hills, MI
Chapter 14: Jehovah’s Witnesses
This chapter reads beautifully. The author comes through as thoughtful, conscientious doctor who has served our brothers and sisters for decades. It should be required reading for doctors.
A Jehovah’s Witness-Anonymous
Chapter 15: The Oldest Man in the World
I am President of an organization of 650 men with an average age near 80. Our members will find it fascinating and enticing to read this chapter describing the factors that have gotten them to this age and may offer hope of joining fellow members as centenarians.
George Stern-President, Senior Men’s Club of Birmingham, MI
As I am an Ashkenazi Jew and a septuagenarian, I read the excerpt from Dr. Perrotta's book with heightened interest. It was written in a straightforward, interesting style. I am looking forward to reading the book in its entirety.
Lee Ann Linder-Retired English Teacher, Lauderdale by the Sea, FL
Your chapter on the effects environment, lifestyle, and genetics resulting in increasing longevity is an excellent explanation of how these factors are studied, how these factors may interact and how these factors may yield some answers to the quest for longevity. In my professional life, I have interacted with many octa- and nonagenarians but only a few centenarians and strongly agree with the studies you cite. The presentation is extremely well thought out and is a very good read, including the example of “the oldest living man."
The chapter is a well-written compilation of what is known currently and what we can expect in the future in terms of the science without the laborious and cumbersome language of academia. Perhaps, a better understanding of the aging process can be obtained before I become a nonagenarian. Looking forward to the other chapters.
Jonathan Goldsmith, DO-Retired Radiologist-Bloomfield Hills, MI