LA Times - May 19, 2009
Dr. Leonard Shlain Dies at 71; Best-Selling Author and Pioneer of Laparoscopic Surgery
Dr. Leonard Shlain, the San Francisco surgeon who was a pioneer in the use of laparoscopic surgery and later wrote three best-selling books combining anthropology, science and art, died May 11 in San Francisco. He was 71 and had been battling brain cancer for two years….As a surgeon, colleagues say he was ‘remarkably innovative.’ As an author, he presented provocative theories about the relations between science and art and the role of sexuality in human evolution. Read Whole Article >

San Francisco Chronicle, May 13, 2009
Dr. Leonard Shlain – Surgeon and Author, Counted Gore, Bjork as Fans
Surgeon, inventor, author, artist, student and teacher, Dr. Shlain defied easy categorization. He discouraged confined thinking, and studied, wrote and lectured about topics ranging from anthropology to linguistics to religion….Dr. Leonard Shlain, a Renaissance man whose final book is about the original Renaissance man, died Monday at his home in Mill Valley. He was 71…. Born in Detroit, Dr. Shlain graduated high school at 16 and medical school at 23. After two years as a captain in the U.S. Army in France, he hopped a military flight to San Francisco. “I … had my mind blown by all the opportunities that were in California in the ’60s and ’70s,” [Dr. Shlain said in an Interiew with UC Berkeley’s Conversation with History project]. “In Detroit everything was Freud. … Out here everything was Jung.” Read Whole Article >

Contra Cost Times, May 14 Leonard Shlain, Author and Surgeon Dies of Cancer
The author of three books, he had fans in fields as divergent as politics and pop music. Al Gore said in the New Yorker that one of Dr. Shlain’s books was at the top of his reading list, and the pop diva Bjork cited his “The Alphabet vs. The Goddess” as the inspiration for one of her albums….”His books are controversial, interesting, and they challenge us to rethink some things we thought we already knew,” Elaine Petrocelli, owner of Book Passage, said in a 2003 Independent Journal profile of Dr. Shlain. “I’m wondering what he thinks about when he does surgery. Instead of a Renaissance man, he’s a Marin man.” Read Whole Article >

Usual Suspects, May 13, 2009
This One’s Really Hard to Write
In our lives, we meet lots of people. Some of them make an extraordinary impact on a person or three – and others on tens of thousands. Dr. Leonard Shlain strode the earth like a colossus, with his outsize personality, zest for living, unquenchable curiosity, absurd energy and drive, and formidable intellect. With the Bay Area serving as his home base, he lived as a citizen of the world, challenging assumptions and moving policy, writing deep books in which he deftly wove together disparate topics, raising a staggeringly talented family of artists and doctors and caring people, and Leaving An Imprint On Every Single Person He Met…. Read Whole Article >

Huffington Post -May 10
A Vigil For My Father, Leonard Shlain by Kimberly Brooks
I asked him the other day while I was helping him add quotes to his newest book: “Are you afraid to die?” “No” he said.” I’m not afraid to die. I just want to live.” Read Whole Article >

Marin Magazine – September 18, 2008
Renaissance Man
With one best seller (Sex, Time and Power: How Women’s Sensuality Shaped Human Evolution) behind him, Dr. Leonard Shlain is eager to talk about what he’s writing now. “The title is Leonardo’s Brain: The Left and Right Roots of Creativity,” he says. “It deals with where we are going as a species, and Leonardo da Vinci is a fascinating character to use as a template because the more I read about him, the more I’m utterly amazed at how much he accomplished.” Shlain’s achievements are also impressive. Read Whole Article >