Medicine and Disease after the Ring of Fire

by Iver P. Cooper, Kim Mackey

In Eric Flint's words of 1632, after the Ring of Fire landed the Grantvillers in Germany, everything changed.

This collection of non fiction from the Grantville Gazette features some of our writers best work on Medicine and Disease. What is it? What challenges will the up-timers face? What can they do? What can't they do?

These articles have been previously published in the Grantville Gazette. They've been collected into this unitary volume for your convenience and enjoyment.

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About the Authors

Iver P. Cooper

Iver P. Cooper, an intellectual property law attorney, is married and lives in Arlington, Virginia . His two children have left the nest, but two cats rule the household with iron paws. Iver has received legal writing awards from the American Patent Law Association, the U.S. Trademark Association, and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, and is the sole author of Biotechnology and the Law, now in its twenty-something edition. He has frequently contributed both fiction and nonfiction to The Grantville Gazette. His braided short story anthology, 1636: Seas of Fortune, was published by Baen in 2014, and he has co-authored 1636: The China Venture with Eric Flint, expected to be published in late 2019. Iver is also an avid photographer, and a teacher of swing and international folk dancing.


Kim Mackey

Kim Mackey was born in 1951 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Parents were teachers. Spent his early life in Carmel Valley, California. At age 10 moved to southern Peru where parents worked in schools run by SPCC, Southern Peru Copper Corporation. Lived a year in Ilo, Peru and a year in Toquepala. Moved in 1963 to San Tome, Venezuela for two years. In 1965 moved to Thessaloniki, Greece living there for three years and traveled around Europe and Middle East including Russia, Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon. Moved to Kabul, Afghanistan for a year in 1968 before accepting appointment to West Point.

Spent two years at West Point before leaving and moving to Fairbanks, Alaska. Graduated from University of Alaska in 1974 with a degree in Natural Resources Management. Worked four years on Trans Alaska Pipeline as a security guard, weather observer, secretary, plumber, pipefitter, and welder. Left Alaska in 1978 and moved to Eugene, Oregon. Various odd jobs there. Received teaching certificate from University of Oregon in 1987. Worked as a math teacher in Metlakatla, Alaska for three years.

In 1990 with wife Melodie and son Patrick moved to Valdez, Alaska and worked at Valdez High School as a math and science teacher. Earned a Master’s degree in Geosciences from Mississippi State University in 2001. Retired to Anchorage, Alaska in 2010 and has taught online classes in Geology for the past eight years.