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Doctor/Writer: Richard Selzer This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By Sylvia K, E. Setauket, NY

   Dr. Richard Selzer, 72, retired from practicing surgery and teaching at Yale Medical School in 1986. He has written ten books and received many writing grants and awards. He describes his experiences as a writer and doctor.

How did you find enough hours in a day to be a doctor, teacher, writer, husband and father?

I had been a surgeon for a good long time, when all at once the energy to write appeared. I was 40 years old when I began to write. It came to me late, like a wisdom tooth. I decided to teach myself the craft of writing. I gave up practically everything but my work as a doctor, my family and writing. I didn't play bridge, go to the movies or to dinner parties.

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