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Fredericksburg physician wins national award for memoir


Tom Hutton, MD, author of Carrying the Black Bag pictured.

Carrying the Black Bag by Tom Hutton, M.D. among honorees in literary awards competition.
Texas doctor Tom Hutton, M.D.’s memoir, Carrying the Black Bag: A Neurologist’s Bedside Tales has been named among the winners in the Feathered Quill Literary Awards.
Sponsored by Feathered Quill, a leading web-based book review, the Feathered Quill Literary Awards is a national awards program that celebrates excellence in publishing, from both large and independent presses.
Carrying the Black Bag: A Neurologist’s Bedside Tales, a memoir of Hutton’s career in medicine, was awarded the Bronze medal in the “Best Debut Author” category. Published by Texas Tech University Press, Carrying the Black Bag is available in hardcover edition (6 x 9, 257 pages; photographs; ISBN: 978-0-89672-954-4)
According to Ellen Feld, Editor at Feathered Quill, selecting winners from the “extraordinary quality of entries” for this year’s awards program was challenging.
“Dr. Hutton’s memoir, Carrying the Black Bag, was a real standout,” Feld said. “Compelling, well-written, and an incredibly beautiful and hopeful testament to the human spirit. It is our great honor to recognize Dr. Hutton among this year’s Best Debut Authors. We can only hope he has more books in the works.”
Tom Hutton, M. D., is an internationally-recognized clinical and research neurologist and educator. The past president of the Texas Neurological Society, Dr. Hutton served as professor and vice chairman of the Department of Medical and Surgical Neurology at the Texas Tech School of Medicine.
His book is a compilation of stories distilled from his thirty-plus years of practice in West Texas and Minnesota. Part memoir and part tribute to his patients, the book describes his patients’ courage, grace, grit, dignity, and resilience when facing major medical conditions, along with bits of heroism and humor.
Hutton now lives on his cattle ranch near Fredericksburg, Texas. More information is online at jthomashutton.wordpress.com.