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May 11, 2023
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


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Virtual: How World War II Led To Medical Advancements In America

Thursday, May 11, 2023

Author Dr. Andrew Lam will give his popular presentation -- "The Only Winner in War Is Medicine" -- based on his new book, "The Masters of Medicine: Our Greatest Triumphs in the Race to Cure Humanity's Deadliest Diseases". Take a riveting look at how World War II prompted rival surgeons to try new techniques and innovate novel operations to save lives in post-war America.

About The Book: Enjoy an in-depth look at the mavericks, moments, and mistakes that sparked the greatest medical discoveries in modern times, plus the cures that will help us live longer and healthier lives in this century and beyond. Human history hinges on the battle to confront our most dangerous enemies -- the half-dozen diseases responsible for killing almost all of mankind. And while the story of our triumphs over these afflictions reveals an inspiring tapestry of human achievement, the journey was far from smooth. In The Masters of Medicine, Dr. Andrew Lam distills the long arc of medical progress down to the crucial moments that were responsible for the world’s greatest medical miracles. Learn more about the book HERE.

About The Author: Andrew Lam, M.D. is a retina surgeon and the award-winning author of three prior books: Saving Sight, an Amazon bestseller about his medical career; Two Sons of China, a novel of WWII in China that was a 2014 Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award winner, and Repentance, a novel of Japanese Americans in WWII that was a 2020 finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award. Before becoming a physician, he earned a history degree from Yale University. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times and the Washington Post. He has authored numerous scientific articles, is a co-investigator for several national clinical trials, and is currently an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Learn more at

NOTE: This program will NOT be recorded. 

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This virtual event is hosted by the Tewksbury Public Library and a collaboration between the several Massachusetts libraries.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library.

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