The Uncommon Threadby Scott Anderson MD
one of the most popular regular features of the JOURNAL: of the Mississippi State Medical Association. Only a state with a literary tradition as rich as Mississippi’s would dedicate a regular column to
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The Uncommon Thread is a collection of columns published in the JOURNAL of the Mississippi State Medical Association for the past five years, and has been
one of the most popular regular features of the JOURNAL: of the Mississippi State Medical Association. Only a state with a literary tradition as rich as Mississippi’s would dedicate a regular column to literary exploration as part of its monthly scientific medical journal. A strong literary commitment is not something new for the JOURNAL, The Uncommon Thread sprang fully formed from it’s progenitor Una Voce which continues under the pen of its founder Dr. Dwalia South. But, for two years a madman held Una Voce captive while its true author was serving as the president of the Association and then engaged in both her own and her husband’s battles with cancer. By the time she recovered and returned to restore sanity
to her own column, the editors were stuck trying to find someplace to put a stream of conciousness gadfly that somehow continued to charm at least as many readers as he antagonized. Thus The Uncommon Thread was born. So, try a story or two, if
you don’t like them, read a few more. Because, in here, you never know what’s going to show up next.
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About the Author:
Russell Scott Anderson M.D. is a Radiation Oncologist who serves as the Medical Director of Anderson Cancer Center in Meridian, Mississippi. He is a former Navy diver who worked in operations in the Middle East, Central America, and in support of the Navy’s EOD community, SEALS, the US Army’s Green Berets, the Secret Service, and the New York Police Department at various times during his time in the service.
He has written the family oriented literary columns Una Voce and The Uncommon Thread in the JOURNAL of the Mississippi State Medical Association as Scott Anderson M.D. for the past five years. He has also written as screenwriter R. S. Anderson on several feature films and written novels as Russell Scott. Time Donors Wanted was his first novel and his second, The Hard Times, is due out in the Spring of 2012.
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Humorous essays with heart, squirrels and teeth... A collection of essays, a series of curious insights, a lively, laugh-out-loud tapestry of those uncommon threads that make a real person… Biting humor, lions with biting teeth, bright satire, odd musing’s on the naming of Tom… Yes, these essays do all hang together, somehow, like a family, bound by that glorious thread of sincere humanity. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I was offered the chance to review R. Scott Anderson's book of essays. The author’s an oncologist, so I’m curious. He’s a writer from Mississippi, so he carries that Southern literary outlook. He’s worked in the Middle East, Central America, with the NYPD, the SEALS, the Navy’s EOD community and more, so he knows his acronyms and the ways of the world. And he’s got lots of kids. So what does he write about in his column for Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association? Well, he writes essays. Sometimes there’s something medical about them. Sometimes they’re set in Africa and the lions are drawing close. Sometimes there are squirrels. There's an old school bus as well, the odd car accident... The Uncommon Thread feels like conversations with a curious friend where you quickly find yourself hoping he’ll keep in touch. Laughing over his exploits and disasters, listening as he turns serious, plotting as the threads run wild and wondering how they’ll come back together... Okay, I didn’t love every piece, but I certainly loved the book. I even laughed out loud during the soccer on TV—what heresy! Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.