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Medical Fiction and Brier Hospital Series by Lawrence W. Gold, M.D.

My Works

Grass Valley Publishing is headed by Lawrence Gold and has been sharing remarkable stories to readers since 2004. Through the years, I continue to strive for realism in portraying the medical scene. I have written 19 novels, including 13 Brier Hospital, 4 medical fiction, and 1 nonfiction novels. All are gripping and are without melodrama and clichés.

I recently published another book that is a part of the Brier Hospital series, “Stranger in a Strange World.” However, among the works I have written, the one that expresses my candor and bias most clearly is “For the Love of God.” This book reflects my attitude toward those who are willing to sacrifice the lives of their children for their religious beliefs.


I was born in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn. My family moved to Queens, and then, as New Yorkers say, ascended to the Island. After graduating from Valley Stream Central High School District, I went to Adelphi, a college then, a university now, and then to medical school in Chicago.

The war in Vietnam interrupted my postgraduate medical training with a year in Colorado Springs and another as a battalion surgeon in Vietnam. I spent seven months in the Central Highlands with the 4th infantry and 5 months in an evacuation hospital in Long Binh outside Saigon, where I ran the emergency room.

I returned intact in 1968 to complete my training in internal medicine and diseases of the kidney—nephrology. I then worked for 23 years in Berkeley, CA in a hospital-based practice, caring for patients with complicated illnesses who are often in ICU. I also served as the chief of internal medicine and family practice there.

For many years, I was an active member of the Quality Assurance Committee. Circumstances permitted my wife, Dorlis, and me to retire in October 1995. Before fate could intervene, we tossed off the dock lines and sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge for a life at sea in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.

Four years later, exhausted from repairing everything on board, (often many times) we sold the sailboat. We took the lazy man’s out within a year and bought a Nordic tug trawler. We then motored around Florida, the Bahamas, and the entire East Coast. We also completed two round trips to Canada and back—8 months the first time and 5 months the second.

Today, I live in Grass Valley, CA together with my wife and 3-year-old Billy the Kid, a 7-pound Yorkie, and 4-year-old Wesley, a long-legged terrier-mix with the personality of a cat.

My Commitment

I write primarily to entertain. However, I can’t help but pass on the observations, beliefs, and biases I’ve obtained from my years of practice to my readers through my works.

Sharing tales to you, along with my beliefs, requires courage or stupidity. This line of work comes with a responsibility to you, and I am ready to take on the challenges so that I can offer you well-written novels.

Reach Out to Me

My fans have been generous in providing me with constructive criticism. This has helped me improve my work. If you would like to learn more about my novels, feel free to contact me.