After living and working in Bogota, Colombia for the last five months as part of a separate project, I have decided that the story of the thoracic surgeons of Bogota needs to be told. I have been interviewing surgeons from multiple specialities day in and day out for months, but it the personal stories and the practice patterns of these thoracic surgeons that have emerged, which speak to me as a writer. It seems only natural after spending so much time with these fine surgeons to want to write a separate book, dedicated to these surgeons.
However, this book is not a fawning promotion brochure but a detailed glimpse into the behaviors, practices and history of thoracic surgery in Bogota.
Unlike my previous books, this is not a book about surgical tourism, though it would be incomplete without that information. Rather it is a brief narrative of the story of their daily lives, professional and personal and my perspectives as a stranger in the midst of these men and women.
I hope to complete The Thoracic Surgeons of Bogota by August, but I will keep you informed on my progress.
8 May 2011