The Art of Medicine, Episode #19, Sugar Mountain and Pandemics, an interview with author Alfred Alcorn
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Show Notes

Today is September 29, 2020, and we are still in the midst of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. As of today, more than 1 million people have died from COVID-19, 200,000 of them in the USA. I felt compelled to speak with Alfred Alcorn, a well-known author from Massachusetts. Mr. Alcorn wrote a prescient novel, Sugar Mountain, about a devastating pandemic, published in 2013, long before anyone had heard of SARS-CoV-2.

Before devoting himself to writing full-time, Alfred Alcorn graduated from Harvard University and worked as a journalist, teacher, and travel director of the Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge, MA. He has authored approximately a dozen novels, including Sugar Mountain, Murder in the Museum of Man, Time is the Fire, and his latest book, The Evil That White Men Do, published September 21, 2020.

During our 20-minute interview, Alfred and I discussed his motivation for composing a novel about a pandemic, how he approached accomplishing the necessary medical research, and his passion for writing. More than a simple adventure story, Sugar Mountain explores what happens to ordinary human beings when facing the threat of death. When I asked him why he chose this topic, he responded, “The oldest story in human history is survival.”

Mr. Alcorn writes full-time from his home, located near a mountain quite similar to the one in the book. His novels are available on Alfred can be contacted at his Facebook page:

Many thanks to Alfred Alcorn for this fascinating interview!

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