Posted by Doreen Higgins on Dec 18, 2017
Dr. Longstreth told us of a long career as a surgeon, mostly in Connecticut, and in retirement as a teacher at Memorial Health University Medical Center.  He graduated from Yale and received a medical degree from Columbia in New York.  During forty-six years of training and medical practice, Dr. Longstreth told us of some of the situations and experiences he encountered, which bear out that ‘truth is stranger than fiction.’ In the course of experiencing these strange occurrences Dr. Longstreth started to make notes and short stories, finally extending his experiences into a book.
We listened to a brief history of the introduction of cocaine to the West at the end of the nineteenth century, when it was thought to be a miracle substance, making a person feel good and work harder.  It was believed at one time that cocaine would cure addiction to other drugs, including heroin. Later cocaine started to arrive in Connecticut on the banana boats from Columbia; there were shooting victims at the hospitals every day and night, and circumstances went from bad to worse.  Dr. Longstreth went on to describe the people featured in his book, including a drug dealer whose street name was “Roc.”  The book, titled “Call me Roc,” was available for us to browse and purchase, and Dr. Longstreth signed our copies.