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The Lost Scroll of the Physician Blog

The Lost Scroll of the Physician centers around a mysterious scroll which happens to be a real-life document. The Edwin Smith Medical Papyrus is the oldest manual of medical surgery that we have ever found and is dated to the Second Intermediate Period, an era in history that we’ve only just begun to learn more about. I’ve always been fascinated by civilizations’ lost pockets of time and once I started learning more about this enigmatic blip in Ancient Egypt’s expansive past, the more drawn in I became.

Even before coronavirus, there was an urgent need for clear communication, for translating science into plain language, for demystifying medicine and for reducing stigma around disease and disability. This type of science writing is even more critical during this global pandemic. 

In Jacob Bronowski’s 1973 book The Ascent of Man, based on the television series, he talks about the danger of an ‘aristocracy of intellect.’ He warns that keeping scientific knowledge only amongst such an aristocracy could “destroy the civilization that we know.” He writes:

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Is 2020 the right time to publish a Bigfoot murder mystery? Is there ever a wrong time?

 

Roanoke Ridge: A Creature X Mystery was born out of that basic desire to understand one's world and what exists beyond our comfort zones. As a species, we love mysteries because the unknown represents chaos and we are driven to seek resolutions. Often, however, we choose the easiest solution to comprehend, not necessarily the correct one. It's because of this that I wanted to incorporate scientific skepticism into a murder mystery series.