His Life

  • Author’s Note, Preface to Leonardo’s Brain

    AUTHOR’S NOTE FOR LEONARDO’S BRAIN Dear Reader, In the months before September 6th, 2008, I noticed that I was having trouble buttoning my sleeves with my right hand more than my left, even though I am right-handed. When I came down for breakfast that morning, I could barely speak. My alarmed wife, Ina, called my […]
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  • Announcing a New Book by Leonard Shlain!

    It is with great joy and gratitude that we announce the posthumous publishing of our father’s last book, Leonardo’s Brain: Understanding Da Vinci’s Creative Genius which he completed shortly before he passed five years ago. The book is available for pre-order now. We are hosting events in the following cities to celebrate the books release: SAN […]
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  • Connected, A Film by Tiffany Shlain

    Connected is a feature length documentary that premiered at Sundance Film Festival directed by his daughter Tiffany Shlain. The film explores Leonard Shlain’s ideas and writing of his last book, Leonardo’s Brain. It had a theatrical release, won 17 awards, and was an official selection by The US State Department for their American Film Showcase. […]
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  • Leonard Shlain, Best-Selling Author, San Francisco Surgeon Dies, May 11, 2009

    The Bay Area and the world lost a renowned visionary thinker and educator when Leonard Shlain, best-selling author and San Francisco surgeon, died Monday, May 11, 2009 at his home in Mill Valley after a battle with brain cancer. He was 71 years old. Admired among artists, scientists, philosophers, anthropologists and educators, Leonard Shlain authored […]
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  • LA TIMES – Dr. Leonard Shlain dies at 71; best-selling author and pioneer of laparoscopic surgery

    by Thomas H. Maugh, II 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. Shlain was “a remarkably innovative surgeon . . . who led the way in pioneering new and innovative surgical therapies,” said Dr. Damian Augustyn, chief of staff […]
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  • Articles about Leonard Shlain

    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 […]
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  • San Francisco Chronicle – Dr. Leonard Shlain – surgeon and author, counted Gore, Bjork as fans

    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. Family members said the cause was brain cancer. Surgeon, inventor, author, artist, student and teacher, Dr. Shlain defied easy categorization. He discouraged confined thinking, and studied, wrote and lectured […]
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  • Tribute film for Leonard Shlain

    A Good Life from Tiffany Shlain on Vimeo.
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  • Praise for Leonard Shlain’s Books

    Art & Physics: Parallel Visions in Space , Time and Light Los Angeles Time – October 1, 1991 Visionary Uses His Art in Brilliant Battle with Skeptics When a Marin County surgeon discourses on art and physics, especially after cheerfully admitting that he taught himself nearly all he knows about both subjects, the reader can […]
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  • Thank You, Platelet Donors

    Dear Friends and Family, My family and I sincerely want to thank each and every one of you who have donated platelets for me. I cannot thank you individually because the Blood Bank, in compliance with HIPPA cannot tell us your names. However I know there are scores of you because my doctor told me […]
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  • Great News

    I have some great news! I had an MRI today and the tumor has shrunk by 2/3 to ¾! I am taking avastin but have only taken two doses! The head of radiooncology was amazed at my response. I want to thank those of you who sent prayers for me. I can still feel them. […]
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  • February 28, 2009 Latest Update

    Dear Friends & Family, Thank you for your outpouring of support on my website. I completed my book and have been spending time editing it, planning projects and enjoying a lot of time with family. I am being honored in the next several weeks both by my medical school for the distinguished alumni award and […]
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  • Jan 11, 2009

    Dad finished his book and wasn’t feeling well so he’s in the hospital. We’ll keep you posted. Update: Jan 14 pm, Jordan rescued my dad from the hospital, they just called me from the car and they’re on their way home. Thank GOD. -Kimberly
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  • Jan 1, 2009 Happy New Year

    Dear Friends, Happy New Year! Thank you for all the healing energy sent my way. I can honestly say that I felt it as a tingling in my scalp. I am pleased to report that I am still here. I feel good but being sick is a full time job. I am having some minor […]
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  • Nov 19, 2008–Good news~

    You prayed and visualized from San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, Paris, New York, India, Bali and China. Artists and Scientists and Suits and Seekers did it, alongside Nuns and Yogis and Buddahs and whole conferences. Wow! People did it alone and together, hundreds at a time. The MRI on Monday, Nov 17th indicated that the […]
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  • Nov 13, 2008 – Pray for Lenny this Friday

    Dear Friends, Our dad has just finished brain surgery followed by six weeks of chemo and radiation. On November 14th anytime between 3 and 6 PM PST, we’re trying to get as many people as we can to send healing thoughts his way. Either praying, meditating, and or visualizing that the tumor is shrunk or […]
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  • Health Update 10/29

    My Dear Friends, Thank you for all your warm wishes and support. It means the world to me.I would like to give you an update on my progress. I had emergency neurosurgery on September 6 for a malignant brain tumor. I was having symptoms of confusion, difficulty buttoning my left sleeve with my right hand […]
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  • MEDICAL ALERT: Leonard Shlain Has Brain Tumor (Sept 15, 2008)

    Dear Friends, On September 4, 2008 you received an email newsletter from Leonard Shlain which included his upcoming Fall speaking engagements and news about the near completion of his fourth book “Leonardo’s Brain: The Left Right Roots of Creativity”. On September 6th Leonard was admitted to California Pacific Medical Center where doctors removed a malignant […]
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  • About Our Dad

    Our dad is an extraordinary father and human being and was always fascinated by the brain. When we were young, he would entertain us and our classmates by bringing a human brain in a white bucket of formaldehyde to our elementary school during show and tell. His brilliance and curiousity informs how he has lead […]
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  • Stories About Leonard

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  • Post Wishes for Leonard

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  • Honor Leonard Shlain by Making a Contribution

    To honor Leonard Shlain’s Memory, we would be most grateful if you made a contribution to the Leonard Shlain Scholarship Fund at The Saybrook Graduate School. Any amount would be wonderful. You can make a donation immediately via Paypal, which goes directly to the Saybrook Institute. DONATE NOW>> Or you can mail it here: Att: […]
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