Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Interview With Author Per-Olof Hasselgren


1. What motivated you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and turning it into this book?

My longstanding interest in surgical and American history and the realization that many surgeons played important roles in the American Revolution, both politically and militarily, in addition to being on the forefront in their profession. I felt this was a story worth telling. 

2. What is it about and who is it for?

The book is about the lives of surgeons who played important roles during the American Revolution. I think the book will appeal to both history buffs and people in the medical field, in particular surgeons. 

3. What takeaways might the reader be left with after reading it?

I hope readers will find the book both interesting and exciting. I also hope they will find information about an aspect of the American Revolution not well covered before. 

4. How did you decide on your book’s title and cover design?

The title and subtitle reflect both the historical aspect, referring to the American Revolution, and the role that surgeons played. It also implies that the surgeons were revolutionary (participating in the American Revolution) and revolutionary in their profession, performing groundbreaking procedures (without anesthesia!). The image on cover is fitting since it depicts the killing of Dr. Joseph Warren, one of the most important Patriots in the beginning of the Revolution, and a young popular surgeon in Boston at the time.  

5. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers?

Writing a nonfiction book takes much longer time and more effort than you could imagine when you set out on the journey. Be prepared for a lot of research. And don't forget to add endnotes as you go along so you don't have to go back later to find the sources.  

6. What trends in the book world do you see -- and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?

I am not expert enough to answer the question. I do realize, however, it is a tough competition with thousands of titles published every year.  

7. What challenges did you overcome to write this book?

Finding time and tracking down original sources.  

8. How would you describe your writing style?

I would leave that question for someone else but I am hoping my writing is engaging.  

9. If people can buy or read one book this week or month, why should it be yours?

A reader interested in history would find intriguing aspects of the American Revolution not highlighted before.  

About The Author: Dr. Hasselgren is a member of the Department of Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess in Boston, Massachusetts, and the George H.A. Clowes Distinguished Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He has a longstanding interest in surgical and American history.  He lives in Boston. For more information, please see:  


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