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About the Author

Blair Beebe, MD, served as a navy physician in the Vietnam War, where he gained experience caring for patients with common tropical infectious diseases such as malaria, dengue, and infectious diarrhea. He has long harbored an interest in the link between certain microorganisms and cancer, a major topic of research that accelerated after the human leukemia virus discovery in 1979. Recent successes in the fight against cancer moved him to tell this story of the leukemia clusters in Japan and New Guinea, using the viewpoint of a fictional participant in the drama.

After retiring from clinical practice, Dr. Beebe earned a Master of Liberal Arts degree at Stanford University. Three of his short stories, “The Hero,” “Gathering Storm,” and “Sister,” were published in Tangents, a Stanford University literary journal. He also wrote Doc Lucas USN, a novel based on his own and his colleagues’ daunting experiences in Vietnam during the early days of the war in the mid 1960s.

During his medical career, Doctor Beebe served as the physician-in-chief of the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Jose, and later as associate executive director of the Permanente Medical Group in the Northern California region. Previously, he had held a clinical faculty position in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Doctor Beebe lives with his wife, Sue, in Palo Alto, California. They have four children and ten grandchildren. Regular interests include several book groups, cycling, and participation in Pacific Masters Swimming.