Stone Mother: Final Installment of the Medical Trilogy
The final installment of a medical trilogy, Stone Mother refers to the old Los Angeles County Hospital.
On entering residency training, a married couple carry their 1960s activism into the ‘70s. They struggle to balance overwhelming responsibilities with their ideals, attempting to reform the “system,” but ultimately it is their personal lives that suffer.
Max King is driven to make a better world. As a medical resident at L.A. County Hospital, he has daunting responsibilities. Jan King, his wife, is a resident in pediatrics. She’s a reluctant reformer.
On New Year’s Eve 1976, Max visits his best friend, Abe Grant, and pours out his soul about the last five years.
In 1970, Max and Jan King finished a difficult year of internship at the hospital. Max has transformed from an indifferent medical student into a leader of young activists, while Jan struggles with an abusive academic culture.
The hospital is short of funds and key staff. The activists hold a press conference to claim that twenty-five patients have died from inadequate care. Afterward, they’re subjected to a witch hunt to squash their complaints.
Meanwhile Jan is pregnant and delivers a baby with a medical complication that suggests paternity other than Max.
Thirteen Months a Year
In Thirteen Months a Year, the second book of his fictional trilogy, real-life doctor Henry Rex Greene revisits two married physicians, Max and Jan King, as they start their internship at L.A. County Hospital in 1969.
For the next year, their jobs and personal lives working in the busiest hospital in the country are highly stressed. Max is an anti-war activist who was lucky to graduate med school, while Jan was nearly the class valedictorian.
Despite his lack of educational prowess, Dr. Max King is driven to make the world a better place. He believes it’s his duty to fight against the system. This stunning medical novel weaves the lives of these young doctors and their patients into the moral ethics and radicalism of the ‘70s era in a believable fashion. And when patients are dying due to a monumental hospital screw up, Max is there to lead the charge against the bigwigs.
Can this couple survive the wrath of the hospital administration? Can their marriage survive? Or are all their efforts doomed in failure? Activism is alive and well in this powerful medical series.
About the Author
Henry Rex Greene is a hematologist and oncologist. He earned a BA in zoology from UCLA and an MD from UC Irvine. He has been involved in medical ethics, hospice, and palliative care throughout his career and is active in organized medicine. Dr. Greene has two grown children and lives with his wife Mary Jo in Florida. His other books in the series are The Class of 1969 and Stone Mother: Final Installment of the Medical Trilogy. “I’ve done my best to explore an era that we shall not soon see again.”