Pam Belluck, author of Island Practice: Cobblestone Rash, Underground Tom, and Other Adventures of a Nantucket Doctor, interviewed.
The Afterword Episode 13: Pam Belluck, Author of Island Practice, Interviewed
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June 7 2012 6:15 AM

An Eccentric Doctor in a Strange Place

An interview with Pam Belluck.


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June Thomas is a Slate culture critic and editor of Outward, Slate’s LGBTQ section. 

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Dr. Timothy Lepore, Nantucket’s only surgeon, is also the head of medicine at the island’s hospital, the medical examiner, the school physician, and the high-school football team doctor. He is also a world-class eccentric who has a red-tailed hawk, collects guns, and, until he lost the ability to sterilize them, would sometimes perform surgery using scalpels that he’d carved from obsidian. In Island Practice: Cobblestone Rash, Underground Tom, and Other Adventures of a Nantucket Doctor, New York Times reporter Pam Belluck tells the story of a maverick physician and the strange, isolated place where he lives and works. The show runs around 26 minutes.

The Afterword, which appears in the Slate daily podcast feed every other Thursday, features interviews with the authors of new nonfiction books. The next guest will be former Slate “Moneybox” columnist Daniel Gross, talking about his new book, Better, Stronger, Faster: The Myth of American Decline ... and the Rise of a New Economy. That podcast will go live on June 21.

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Podcast produced by June Thomas. The executive producer of Slate’s podcasts is Andy Bowers.

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