Posts by Susan Adelman

Susan Hershberg Adelman MD is a pediatric surgeon well known for her writing. She also is an artist and a silversmith.

Born in Rochester, New York, Dr. Adelman majored in geology at the University of Michigan. There she married Martin Adelman, now Professor of Intellectual Property Law at George Washington University. She graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine, did her internship and surgery residency at Henry Ford Hospital and a Pediatric Surgery fellowship at Children's Hospital of Michigan.

One of the pioneer women in her field, Dr. Adelman practiced pediatric surgery for almost 30 years. She was the first woman President of the Wayne County Medical Society and of the Michigan State Medical Society. She was elected to the American Medical Association Council of Medical Service, then to the AMA Board of Trustees. She held multiple chairmanships and board positions, and received several prestigious awards.

Dr. Adelman was Editor of the Detroit Medical News for 17 years and wrote a popular monthly column in AMNews for 10 years. She wrote over 50 articles, over 300 columns and editorials, scientific papers, book chapters and short stories.

Her book, The Rebel: A Biography of Ram Jethmalani, was about a legendary Indian lawyer and senior member of the Indian Parliament. After Saturday Comes Sunday was inspired by her friendship with the 92 year old Chaldean matriarch, Norma Hakim (pictured, right). It was love for Norma and her family that stimulated this book.

Religion & Theology

After Saturday Comes Sunday

The heartland of the Chaldeans always was northern Iraq – the Nineveh Plain – and nearby areas of Syria. The Assyrians lived primarily in the mountainous heights of southeastern Turkey and Iran. Now as ISIS and its multiple successor organizations have murdered the Christians and chased them out of their villages, Aramaic is endangered as never before, and it could finally die as a spoken language.

Religion & Theology

After Saturday Comes Sunday

In the Middle East, neighbors warned the Christians: ‘after Saturday comes Sunday.’ It means: ‘after we finish off the Saturday people, we will finish you, the Sunday people.’  For the Jews, 850,000 of them – the Saturday people – left their homes in Arab lands years ago for Israel. Now in the days of ISIS it is the turn of the Christians – the Sunday people – to find themselves in mortal jeopardy in Iraq, Syria and adjacent countries. Over the past years, we have opened the newspapers every day to read about increasing attacks on Christians, who were killed and their villages decimated.  Sunday finally may be here.  But the persecution is nothing new. 

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