Jane M. Orient, M.D.
A Clinical Lecturer in Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, and Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine. As well, she edits the Doctors for Disaster Preparedness Newsletter and Civil Defense Perspectives. In addition, she is the editor of AAPS News, the official newsletter of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons for which she serves as Executive Director. Her articles frequently appear in The Medical Sentinel.
Dr. Orient started out to be a doctor, a professor of medicine, and a clinical researcher. But she got distracted. The first threat to her profession that she noticed was an article entitled “A Marxist View of Medical Care” in The Annals of Internal Medicine. That cried out for a response. Researching the response led her into a number of nooks in the library that she had never explored as a chemistry and mathematics major—even to a dusty counterculture bookstore to get a copy of Mao Tsetung’s Little Red Book. The eventual article was never published, at least not as a single work, but its author had been infected with a writing compulsion. After that, one thing led to another. Dr. Orient is now the author of more than 100 scientific articles, book chapters, editorials, book reviews, lectures, and essays.
Dr. Orient took a foray into fiction writing with the medical thriller Sutton’s Law , published by Hacienda Publishing in 1997, and the science fiction books Neomorts and Moonshine. Her nonfiction work Your Doctor is Not In: Healthy Skepticism About National Health Care was published by Crown Publishing in 1994. Most recently, she has authored a textbook for medical students entitled Sapira’s Art and Science of Bedside Diagnosis (Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2000, now available) and has prepared the literature examinations and vocabulary lessons in the Robinson Self-Teaching Home School Curriculum.
Dr. Orient lives and works in Tucson, Arizona. She can be reached by email.