Selected Works


Death of the Good Doctor -- Lessons from the Heart of the AIDS Epidemic (Cleis Press, 1999)
MEMOIR: Kate Scannell abandonned her academic career in 1985 to enter an ordinary medical practice in Northern California. Instead, she found herself assigned to an AIDS ward where much of the medicine she had learned over many difficult years was made irrelevant.

Flood Stage -- A Novel (2010)
NOVEL, INTERCONNECTED STORIES: Torrential rains pour into Thalburg Canyon. A catastrophic flood overtakes its community, and the interconnected stories of the canyon residents are acted out on center stage. A paralyzed woman, exhausted by her life, plans an opportune death in the flood. A young boy is transformed after his mother salvages his amputated finger. Couples drift together and apart over old affairs and insurance coverage mistakes. A man burdened by a toxic secret struggles for atonement as the flood encroaches upon his final opportunity for redemption. Together, these stories portray a series of unique personal histories caught up in a universal human drama.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, Reviewed by Kate Scannell
BOOK REVIEW: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Crown Publishers, New York, NY, 2010, 369 pages, $26.00.
Pre-Print copy for the Journal of Legal Medicine
Reviewed by Kate Scannell, M.D., F.A.C.P.*

Journalist Rebecca Skloot’s new book is a gripping read that embodies all abstractions about research ethics in a compelling tale about Henrietta Lacks – a woman whose microscopic cancerous cells shook the world’s medical establishment in 1951.

Doubtless, before the publication of this book, few people outside of medical or research circles would have recognized that name. But for many of us insiders, “Henrietta Lacks” routinely and mysteriously figured into our witnessing of major medical advances within the last six decades, into ground-breaking discoveries about cancer treatments and the Salk polio vaccine, into the daily routines of many lone scientists sitting endless hours at their research benches in companionship with her “immortal” cells.

I first “encountered” Henrietta Lacks in the early 1980s – (more)



Journey by Heart: Caring for Loved Ones with Dementia
Journey By Heart: Caring for Loved Ones with Dementia is an award-winning DVD documentary featuring an ideal model of care for adult day programs which enriches the lives of persons with Alzheimer's and their families.