Saturday, December 27, 2014

City on the Bay

Title: City on the Bay
Author: John R. Sherwood
Publisher: Badger Books
Published: not listed
Illustrator: Henry Fox

His signature is in the middle of the illustration.

Texan Mike Rayburn left his post in the American city-hospital and flew across the world to Sydney, Australia. To the bridge, the harbor; to the city and world that was newer even somehow than the one he had left behind. On an exchange agreement, he was on loan for six months to the huge research hospital on the outskirts of the sprawling, brawling, exciting city. He was sorry to leave behind his friends and colleagues, and in particular his fiancée, Susan, with whom he had shared so much during his training and the unending strife of a surgeon's life. But he was glad to carry the battle further afield, to meet new people, learn new methods. In this other city within a city he met the same dedication, the same loves, the same hates and envies. He met other men who were like himself; other men who pretended to be like himself and were not. He met women too, and one in particular who sought his love ... and a strange man who sought his friendship.

Combat Nurse

Title: Combat Nurse
Author: Frieda K. Franklin
Publisher: Pocket Books (#1147)
Published: February 1957, ©1955
Illustrator: Barye Phillips

His signature is in the lower right-hand corner.

“Here is a different war novel. It is told from the viewpoint of Lee Caine, a nurse working with the advance platoon of a field hospital, the farthest forward unit of its type. This isnt a pretty story, but it is a gripping onea novel that strips off the so-called glamour of war and leaves the stink, the mud, the slime, and the blood and death that are its very essence. Mistakes are here as well as victories—planes that bomb their own men, cowards who turn tail and run, a surgeon who cracks up in the middle of an operation. Here is a side of war seldom portrayed—and seldom so vividly. Even the armchair adventurer will feel that he has lived in the very vortex of a bloody conflict.The New York Times Book Review

Daredevil Nurse

Title: Daredevil Nurse
Author: Arlene J. Fitzgerald
Publisher: Pyramid Books (#K-1115)
Published: December 1964, ©1964
Illustrator: Mort Engel

He is credited on the back cover.

Dr. Stag Shaylor fascinated Nurse Robin Reid—and most of the people in her home town. Why did the gifted young surgeon live alone in the strnage old house? Who were his late-night visitors? Were his unusual medical practices only unorthodox—or dangerous fakery? Robin had to find out the answers—for she sensed that Stag Shaylor could be more exciting—and dangerous—than Robin’s daring hobby of skydiving!

Bluegrass Doctor

Title: Bluegrass Doctor
Author: Ethel Hamill (pseud. Jean Francis Webb III)
Publisher: Airmont Books
Published: June 1963, ©1953
Illustrator: Len Goldberg

His signature is in the lower left-hand corner.

Lovely Danielle Belden, a miniature and feminine counterpart of her beloved father, “Doctor Dan,” had followed in his footsteps in becoming a veterinarian—her patients, the racing thoroughbreds of the Kentucky bluegrass. Years before, the Beldens had been honored guests in the mansions whose stables Danielle now visited on her rounds of duty, but this fact did not disturb her. The disturbance was Clive Gaynor, the attractively redheaded owner of the most beautiful house of them all, returning home after a long absence and acting like a stranger to Danielle—a stranger who had seemingly forfeited his birthright.

Doctor Jerry

Title: Doctor Jerry
Author: Peggy Gaddis
Publisher: Paperback Library (#50-242)
Published: October 1963, ©1951
Illustrator: Lou Marchetti

He is not credited, but this is very much in his style.

It was a mystery why Jerry Malcolm—handsome, gifted, dedicated—had sacrificed an important medical career in the city for the hard, underpaid life of a country doctor. Malicious tongues whispered of scandal. And his friendships with the glamorous, rich widow and the lovely young school teacher fed the flames. But Dr. Jerry refused to let evil gossip put an end to his work. Only he knew that a terrible tragedy threatened the town, and only he—Dr. Jerry—could possibly avert it.

A Nurse Is Born

Title: A Nurse Is Born
Author: Bess Norton
Publisher: Harlequin
Published: January 1963, ©1962
Illustrator: Bern Smith

His signature is in the lower left-hand corner.

For a long time Candida Jones had set her heart on becoming a nurse. But her parents were on the other side of the world, and she had a hard time persuading her uncle and aunt to allow her to start training. It was a hard life for a girl, her uncle reminded her, unless she had a real vocation for it. However, Candida eventually received their consent to train at the local hospital near their Welsh Valley home. And sure enough, Candida turned out to be a born nurse, and found nursing even more rewarding, exciting, andwith the advent of Doctor Randon Lordmore romantic, than she had ever imagined.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Special Nurse

Title: Special Nurse
Author: Maud McCurdy Welch
Publisher: Lancer Books (#72-151)
Published: 1967, ©1959
Illustrator: Mort Engel
Review available

His signature is in the lower left-hand corner.

Cathy Linton had planned to spend her life as a country nurse, assisting her father. Then he died. And she suddenly found herself the opposite of an heiress: her father had borrowed $10,000, and it was up to Cathy to repay the loan. It looked hopeless, even with her job in the hospital in Memphis. There would be no time for love, no time for marriage ... This had to include even her friendship with the handsome young surgeon, Dr. David Lorimer. He had a brilliant career before him, and everything a girl could want in a husband. But what could Cathy offer him? It seemed impossible. Yet there had been that lovely summer day by the river when he had tried to kiss her ...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Doctor on Test

Title: Doctor on Test
Author: Kerry Mitchell
Publisher: Dell (#2009)
Published: December 1965, ©1963
Illustrator: Harry J. Schaare

He is credited on the back cover.

Keeping jet test pilots in top physical condition should have been easy for an experienced doctor like Bennet Grady—but coping with a headstrong lady psychiatrist, while balancing a dangerous romantic triangle at the same time, made it almost impossible ... until he decided to learn a few ground rules for love.

Crisis at Waite Memorial

Title: Crisis at Waite Memorial
Author: Kerry Mitchell
Publisher: Dell (#1560)
Published: April 1965, ©1963
Illustrator: Lou Marchetti

His signature runs along the right side of his hospital gown.

Nine young girls were in Waite Memorials maternity ward. The situation called for a doctor with sympathy and understanding—a doctor like Brian Temple.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Vietnam Nurse

Title: Vietnam Nurse
Author: Della Field (pseudonym of
Fannie Q. Howe)
Publisher: Avon #G1298
Published: Sept 1966, ©1966
Illustrator: Mort Rosenfeld
Review available

His signature is in the bottom left-hand corner, and he is credited as “Mort Rosenberg” on the verso page.

Natalie Knight of the Navy Nurse Corps had come a long way from Oregon to the battle-torn plains and jungles of Vietnam. But it was a journey of love and devotion. She was looking for Tom, her Green Beret fiancé. He had been reported as missing, but Natalie did not give up hope. She knew that Tom, and hundreds like him, needed her because she was a Vietnam Nurse.

Star Lansing - Arizona Doctor

Title: Star Lansing - Arizona Doctor
Author: Ruth McCarthy Sears
Publisher: Dell (#8252)
Published: ©1971
Illustrator: Gordon Johnson

Review available

The author’s signature runs along the back of her lab coat. This signature is similar to the one on “Just Married” (see below).

Young and lovely Dr. Star Lansing loved the wild Arizona country where she was born and raised. Here she dedicated herself to helping the poor but proud local Indian tribe, raising needed funds by treating wealthy patients at the exclusive Desert City spa. But Star faced an agonizing crisis of loyalty when dashing Air Force Colonel Whittaker Blake swept her off her feet. Whit was determined to install a missile site in the area, despite heated community protests, and he asked Star to be his ally. Could Star side against her own people? Could she lower her standards as a doctor in the name of patriotism? Was she truly loved, or merely being used? It took a dramatic medical emergency, and a startling revelation of character, to help Star find the answer hidden in her heart.

Closeup of signature on Star Lansing - Arizona Doctor cover

Closeup of signature on
Gordon Johnsons painting “Just Married”


Dr. Whitney's Secretary

Title: Dr. Whitneys Secretary
Author: Dorothy P. WalkerP
ublisher: Pocket Books, #583
Published: Feb. 1949, ©1944
Illustrator: Barye Phillips

He is credited on the back cover.
Joy Marlowe was engaged to Vic Harding. Now she was betrayed, and by her own sister! Her pride was hurt but to her surprise she found her heart immune. Could it be that her loyal attachment to handsome Dr. Whitney was a mask for some deeper emotion? She had to find the answer. The future happiness of four people was involved. Would her final decision be the right one?

Sunday, March 9, 2014

River Nurse

Title: River Nurse
Author: Joyce Dingwell
Publisher: Harlequin
Published: ©1963
Illustrator: Bern Smith
Review available

His signature is in the top right-hand corner.

‘Helping Hands,’ in its quiet riverside backwater, must be the most unorthodox hospital in Australia, thought Maggie when she arrived there fresh from the clinical efficiency of Southern Cross Hospital. But she soon found that its methods—and its doctor—were none the less effective for all that.

Jennifer Jones, R.N.

Title: Jennifer James, R.N.
Author: Norman Daniels
Publisher: Gold Medal
Published: ©1961
Illustrator: M. Hooks
Review available

The signature is in the lower right-hand corner.

Nestled deep in the California hills was a hospital so strange, so unique that only a handful of people knew of its existence, let alone its mysterious mission. Through its antiseptic corridors moved the shadiest of characters—bullet-ridden gangsters, suicidal actresses, punch-drunk pugs—people who could not stand the all-revealing daylight of public exposure. A truly odd assortment of bedfellows. Here, under the most modern and efficient conditions, beneath the secretive cloak of midnight, life-saving operations were performed by a team of highly skilled, dedicated men and women. Jennifer James, Registered Nurse, was one of them. Some people will condemn her for it. Others will come to her defense. But no one will be indifferent to her, or to the doctor she loved—the man she had no right to want.

Five O'Clock Surgeon

Title: Five O'Clock Surgeon
Author: Dorothy Pierce Walker
Publisher: Pocketbook #686
Published: February 1950, ©1948
Illustrator: George Porter
Review available

He is credited on the back cover.

Dr. Stephen Lovett glanced up from the patient on the operating table. “Take a message,” he said, turning to the medical student at his side. Presently the boy reappeared, grinning. “Miss Townsend wants to remind you that the cocktail party starts at five-thirty.” Young Doctor Stephen Lovett’s doctoring hours were from 9 to 5 … no more! His fiancée, Leslie Townsend, saw to that. But then Steve met the lovely nurse, Julie Greenwood. “A doctor’s first duty is to his patients,” she said. Steve had to make a choice. Was he going to be a doctor or a playboy?

San Francisco Nurse

Title: San Francisco Nurse
Author: Barbara Grabendike
Publisher: Ace #D-586
Published: ©1964
Illustrator: Lou Marchetti
Review available

This cover is not credited, but is done in his style.

As a nurse, Bret Ames had always dreamed of marrying a doctor, yet when handsome Dr. Nels Larson proposed, she began to have her doubts. Strong, yet gentle, he was the kind of man a girl could lean on. But that was just the trouble. Was he too self-sufficient? Somehow she found herself irresistibly drawn to Dick Travers who needed her care and her love, but who belonged to another woman.

Doctor Garth

Title: Doctor Garth
Author: Elizabeth Hoy
Publisher: Harlequin #497
Published: December 1959, ©1959
Illustrator: Paul Anna Soik
Review available

“What exactly is an honorary?” Joan Langden asked her fellow nurses on her first day at St. Angela’s.
“A visiting consultant—either physician or surgeon,” explained the senior. “Usually they are men with big reputations. They give their services to the hospital free.”
“Oh!” though Joan softly. So Garth at twenty-nine was an “honorary.” An important surgeon with a reputation. She had known only vaguely of his connection with St. Angela’s and hadn’t been sure just what it was. It warmed her heart to hear the quick commendation of him in this girl’s voice. It made her glow with secret happiness that she might see him soon at his work … but although Joan had known Doctor Garth most of her life, she now found there were many things she didn’t understand about him. Why did he make her feel she was something “special” to him and yet keep so distant? And what was his connection with the pretty mother and her son on whom he was to operate? The story of Joan and Doctor Garth is an unusually appealing one.

Student Nurse

Title: Student Nurse
Author: Renee Shann
Publisher: Dell #D260
Published: June 1961, ©1941
Illustrator: Victor Kalin
Review available

He is credited on the back cover. 

When lovely young Shirley Davidson ran away from her tyrannical father, fate (and the kindness of Matron Anna Marsden) fulfilled her lifelong dream—she became a student nurse. Then, as if she weren’t already bursting with happiness, she fell in love. But there were complications (and heartbreak) ahead. For handsome Dr. Gerald Trent, though irresistibly drawn to Shirley, was already engage to Anna Marsden. And Shirley would rather die than do anything to hurt the woman she worshiped, who had given her her first chance for a decent life.


Nurse Lily and Mister X

Title: Nurse Lily and Mister X
Author: Diane Frazer
Publisher: Permabook
Published: December 1961, ©1961
Illustrator: Jerry Allison
Review available

His signature runs along her right shoulder.

Her first impression was a huge head with silver-white hair, a bristling mustache and fierce eyes. It was like seeing the Eiffel Tower or the Colosseum for the first time after having looked at it hundreds of times in magazines or on post cards. Lily’s professional smile was frozen on her lips. Usually she would approach a patient briskly, her hand outstretched, and introduce herself. She had been taught how to do it in nursing school—with just the right amount of cheerfulness. But this was a man who simply didn’t lend himself to this kind of approach. This was a man who had terrorized the White House, a man even the President was said to be afraid of…