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Second Lives, Second Chances
A Surgeon's Stories of Transformation
By (author): Donald R., M.D. Laub
9781770414679 Hardcover, Dust jacket English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Medical Apr 02, 2019
$29.95 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.59 in 200 pages ECW Press

The engrossing memoir of a plastic and reconstructive surgeon involved in groundbreaking and life-changing procedures

Through his work in plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Donald Laub changed the lives of thousands of people who had been shunned by society. Dr. Laub’s influence fostered the development of three key areas in the surgical profession: pioneering and influencing international humanitarian medical missions in the developing world, being at the forefront of gender affirmation surgery for transgender people since 1968, and the education and training of over 50 plastic and reconstructive surgeons.

His unstinting efforts to surgically correct cleft palates gave new lives to thousands of children in developing countries. As one of the original surgeons to perform gender affirmation surgery, Laub not only continually improved on his methods, but he also became a tireless advocate for the rights of transgender people. His non-profit foundation (Interplast, now called ReSurge International) has sent thousands of multidisciplinary teams to perform transformative and reconstructive surgery in the developing world.

Second Lives, Second Chances is more than just a memoir; it’s a testament to how the determination of one person can bring others together to make a lasting difference in the world.

Short Description

Through his work in plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Laub changed the lives of thousands of patients, and fostered the development of key areas in surgery: pioneering humanitarian medical missions in the developing world, revolutionizing gender affirmation surgery, and mentoring over 50 surgeons.

Sales and Market Bullets


  • Gender affirmation surgeries are being talked about more openly.

  • As of 2016, approximately 1.4 million adults in the U.S. identify as transgender.

  • Cleft lip and palates occur in 1 to 2 per 1000 births in the developed world (Watkins, Meyer, Strauss, and Aylsworth, “Classification, Epidemiology, and Genetics of Orofacial Clefts”).

Audience


  • Nonfiction readers

  • Fans of medical nonfiction

  • San Francisco regional appeal due to author’s location

  • Age 25–55

  • Liberal/Left leaning

Dr. Donald Laub was chief of plastic surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine from 1968 to 1980 before entering private practice. In 1969, he founded ReSurge International, the first organization to advance the idea that plastic surgeons could help those in the developing world with injuries or congenital conditions. In the 1970s, he was a pioneer in gender reassignment surgery in the U.S. Dr. Laub lives in Redwood City, California.

“The reader will enjoy Dr. Laub’s travels to rural areas around the world with vivid, political, often dangerous and picturesque stories. Second Lives, Second Chances: A Surgeon's Stories of Transformation by Donald R. Laub, M.D. is a quick read, though it is highly engaging and detailed in medical and philanthropic terms. It is a true story of faith, giving back, and living globally.” — New York Journal of Books

“Laub, now 83, has written a memoir embodying the energy and maverick personality that fuelled his many activities over the decades.” — Lavender Magazine

“Thoroughly engrossing, Second Lives, Second Chances is more than just a memoir; it's a testament to how the determination of one person can bring others together to make a lasting difference in the world.” — Sir Read a Lot

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