Meet the Authors

Friday, November 6, 2009 (All day)

A free reading and book signing by authors James E. Dalen, MD, MPH, former dean of the University of Arizona College of Medicine, and Linda Valdez, journalist, will be held Friday, Nov. 6, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., at the Arizona Health Sciences Library, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson.

Copies of their books, A Doctor’s Legacy: A Memoir of Merlin K. DuVal, Founding Dean of Arizona’s First Medical School, as told to Linda Valdez, and University Hospitals: Doctors and Patients, by Dr. Dalen, will be available for purchase.

Following are brief summaries of the books:

A Doctor’s Legacy: A Memoir of Merlin K. DuVal, Founding Dean of Arizona’s First Medical School, as told to Linda Valdez (Cloth, 302 pages; Legacy Publishing, 2009; $29.95)

It was 1964. The job was to turn a dusty field into a top-ranking medical school. There were no buildings, no faculty and no funds. Merlin K. DuVal, MD, accepted the challenge and won strong support as he began building the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

Starting his adult life as a model in New York in the 1940s, DuVal worked his way up to an appointment as assistant secretary of health during President Nixon’s administration before being instrumental in the founding of the University of Arizona’s medical school. While Dr. DuVal was a public man with a long list of accomplishments, this also is a deeply personal account in which a high-powered doctor discovers that his children grew up without really knowing him.

A year before his death, Dr. DuVal worked with journalist Linda Valdez to tell his story, and the real delight of this book is reading along as this man of remarkable intellectual curiosity examines his own life, his profession and our society.

The book can be ordered through the University of Arizona Press, 1-800-426-3797, or online at www.uapress.arizona.edu It also is available at Borders, Barnes & Noble and Antigone Books in Tucson.

University Hospitals: Doctors and Patients, by James E. Dalen, MD, MPH (Paperback, 236 pages; Aventine Press, July 2009; ISBN 1593306032; $14.50)

Medicine has made enormous strides in the past 50 years, with incredible advances in U.S. health care, including the introduction of heart surgery, organ transplantation, joint replacement, new antibiotics and effective therapies for hypertension and for cancer.

Nearly all these advances have taken place in our nation’s 200 university hospitals.

In his book, James E. Dalen, MD, MPH, tells about the physicians who made these advances possible and the patients who benefited. He discusses the incredible escalation in the costs of health care, and the fact that high-tech health care often has become low-touch impersonal care. He offers potential solutions to both problems.

Dr. Dalen, a renowned cardiologist and respected leader in academic medicine, has spent his entire career in university hospitals. He was the longest-serving dean of the University of Arizona College of Medicine and also served as vice president for health sciences. After 21 years of service, he currently serves as professor emeritus in the UA College of Medicine and UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

The book can be purchased online at the University of Arizona Bookstore at the Arizona Health Sciences Center (known as the Medical Bookstore), www.uofamedicalbookstore.com; Amazon.com; Barnes & Noble, www.barnesandnoble.com; and Books-A-Million, www.booksamillion.com or 1-800-201-3550.

For more information about the book signing event, contact Heather Saner, UA College of Medicine Office of Alumni Relations, (520) 626-9423 or e-mail medalum@u.arizona.edu