A funny thing happened on the way to being published

Submitting a manuscript to a publisher pushes the rejection button from every grade school essay, red penned, D I ever feared.

What kind of punishment will I get if I don’t get an A in English? Funny thing, my Georgetown roommate was an English major. My side of the room was filled with fruit flies and slides, his side had books, Monarch notes, and a typewriter, which we shared.

My first publication was co authored with my professor.

Betrayals of Hippocrates: Crimes Against Innocence has a road paved with luck.

I sent out 15 manuscripts to various publishers, sought the advice of writers at a conference in Connecticut.

I supported the paper recycling program of Newington with very nicely worded letters of rejection.

It was luck that I heard about Xlibris and the print on demand concept.

Since this fictional tale carries an important message about the path of good vs evil and the ethical question of who lives and who dies it is very relevant to our current healthcare crisis. Since Betrayals of Hippocrates: Crimes Against Innocence takes place in parts of Haiti, the reader can see how a medical thriller can bring up sensitive issues.

The getting published lament: read-edit-reread-edit-why didn’t spell checker pick this up? Rewrite-reorganize-relax. Done……  No, there is a typo on page 55.

I just found out it costs x dollars to re-print the book with the correction. Oh well, it will be published soon.

All the work is worth it to give readers a chance to explore ethics, life, and the human spirit in the form of a medical thriller.

Let the reader, whether a medical student, a book club member, or anyone who enjoys a “couldn’t put it down” novel, decide who should live, and who should die. Let the reader decide at what length should researchers go to find a cure, or could the cure for diseases have been found centuries ago, if not for the alterier motives of educated man?

Is  turning a deaf ear or keeping quiet about a human travesty a vote for man’s inhumanity to man to continue????  Explore these questions for yourself.

Enjoy your copy of Betrayals of Hippocrates: Crimes Against Innocence. You can visit Dr. Saranchak’s web site HERE.


Dr. Harry J. Saranchak earned a B.A. degree cum laude from Georgetown and followed it with an M.D. from University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

For 30 years he was a vascular and general surgeon in three Connecticut hospitals, and for 25 of those he was also educator and mentor to medical students, residents and colleagues—while receiving eight Golden Scalpel awards for teaching excellence. A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Saranchak co-authored seven medical journal articles from 1974 to 1984.

After retiring from his private practice at Grove Hill Medical Center in New Britain, CT, he wrote Betrayals of Hippocrates: Crimes Against Innocence.


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