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Remarkable Tales from the NYPD: Officer Down Published by Outskirts Press

Veteran author and NYPD Police Surgeon Dr. Francis V. Adams gives readers a fascinating, inside view of the dangerous nature of police work and the medical care these brave men and women receive.

New York, NY, July 04, 2012 --( Author, pulmonologist and NY police surgeon Dr. Francis V. Adams announced today the release of Officer Down, A Police Surgeon and the NYPD, published by Outskirts Press. Adams fascinating stories of the day to day activities of a police surgeon ministering to the injuries, illnesses and accidents of New York’s finest provide a unique, insider’s view of a large scale municipal police department and its members which has never been available before.

In Officer Down Dr. Adams recounts his experiences over a five year period with both the physical and psychological injuries that members of the NYPD suffered. Some of his tales involve a medical review of police men and women who are on sick leave and some involve the doctor’s more harrowing on site experiences, such as his arrival at Grand Central Station after a steam pipe exploded there in 2007.

Adams already had over thirty years experience as a private practice pulmonologist when, at sixty years old, he joined the NYPD. His adjustment from a doctor used to being his own boss to one who had to adapt himself to the rigors of a military-like chain of command structure is as fascinating as his tales of the men and women he served.

The medical unit of the NYPD was originally formed in the 1930’s with part-time doctors who managed the health care of the department’s members. Today there are thirty-one full-time physicians on staff and another three hundred “honorary” or volunteer physicians who also help out.

Adams signed on because of his interest in 9/11 related lung disease as well as his desire to contribute to the services that had responded to the emergencies at ground zero. His personal experiences span the spectrum of human emotion from one officer who names his new pup after a dog he was forced to shoot as it had viciously attacked him while on duty to one policewoman he must lie to in order to encourage her to see that help might be possible for her psychological condition.

Proceeds from the sale of Officer Down are to be donated to the NYC PBA Widows and Children’s Fund.

Officer Down is available on-line in paperback through Amazon and Barnes and Noble and at for a maximum trade discount in quantities of ten or more.

Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream ISBN: 978-1-4327-9492-7 SRP: $9.95
Genre: Medical/general

About the author:

Francis V. Adams is a pulmonologist in private practice in New York City. He is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at New York University and an Attending Physician at the NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital in New York. Dr. Adams is the author of The Asthma Sourcebook (McGraw Hill) which is now in a 3rd edition, The Breathing Disorders Sourcebook (McGraw Hill) and Healing Through Empathy-An Expanded Edition (CreateSpace). Dr. Adams is a contributor to The LA Times and hosts “Doctor Radio” on Sirius/XM satellite radio weekly. He has been named as one of the best doctors in the city by New York Magazine and in Top Doctors: New York Metro Area by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.

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