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The Doctor and Mr. Dylan

Rick Novak

ISBN 10: 0692942408 / ISBN 13: 9780692942406
Published by Montelago Press, 2017
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Title: The Doctor and Mr. Dylan

Publisher: Montelago Press

Publication Date: 2017

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 2.

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This is the second edition of the 2014 bestselling medical-legal novel. Dr. Nico Antone, an anesthesiologist at Stanford University, is married to Alexandra, a high-powered real estate agent obsessed with money. Their son, Johnny, an 11th-grader with immense potential, struggles to get the grades he'll need to attend an Ivy League college. After a screaming match with Alexandra, Nico moves himself and Johnny from Palo Alto, California, to his frozen childhood home of Hibbing, Minnesota. The move helps Johnny improve his grades and thus seem more attractive to universities, but Nico loves the freedom from his wife. Hibbing also happens to be the hometown of music icon Bob Dylan. Joining the hospital staff, Nico runs afoul of a psychotic nurse anesthetist who calls himself Bobby Dylan, who plays Dylan songs twice a week in a bar called Heaven's Door, and who believes he is the real Bob Dylan. As Nico and Johnny settle in at Hibbing, their lives turn around, until the soulless Alexandra dies, which accelerates the downfall of Dr. Antone, who is accused of her murder. The medical realism and subsequent courtroom realism and big university atmosphere versus small Minnesota town make this novel ring true. The author's medical expertise is central to the plot, and the author’s career as a medical expert witness brings sizzling energy to the concluding courtroom scenes.

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Before writing The Doctor and Mr. Dylan, Rick Novak worked as a clinical anesthesiologist, medical director, and expert witness in Northern California. Rick was born in Hibbing, Minnesota, graduated from Hibbing High School, and was accepted to Harvard College. For his Harvard application essay Rick penned a short story about God revealing Himself to two drunks via a miracle in a Minnesota tavern. Rick declined Harvard and enrolled instead at Carleton College in Minnesota. During college Rick worked five summers with United States Steel in the iron ore mines near Hibbing. Rick then earned an MD at the University of Chicago, and moved to California to become an intern at Stanford. He spent the next thirty-plus years at Stanford, where he served as an intern, a resident in internal medicine, an emergency room faculty member, an anesthesia resident, and finally as an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Anesthesia and Deputy Chief of the Anesthesia Department. Rick's writing career blossomed in the role of Deputy Chief, where he authored a monthly column in the anesthesia department newsletter. The theme of each essay centered on the differences between the private practice of anesthesia and the university-based teaching practice of anesthesia. He posted these essays on The Anesthesia Consultant website ( Readership grew, and now half a million people visit the website each year. Dr. Novak developed an interest in medical-legal consultation, a role that drew him into the courtroom as an expert witness. The courtroom scenes in The Doctor and Mr. Dylan are realistic and compelling because Dr. Novak has been there, sitting in that witness chair. Rick's lifelong dream of creating entertaining fiction led him to imagine a story: the plot dealt with an anesthesia complication, a crumbling marriage, a son's quest for elite college admission, and a courtroom drama, all set in his and Bob Dylan's hometown of Hibbing, Minnesota. The Doctor and Mr. Dylan was initially published in 2014, with a second edition released in 2017. Dr. Novak continues his work in clinical anesthesia at Stanford Hospital and at Waverley Surgery Center in Palo Alto, California. He lives with his three sons, and passes on his love of academics and reading to them. For more on Rick, visit

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