New Book Looking Back: From the Times of the Nazis...Today Published

In the course of his life, 85-year-old Harry L. Ioachim has witnessed major historical events and numerous changes in society and in his medical profession. In his memoir, he takes the reader on a journey through important moments in his life and in history. He believes that "Looking Back: From the Times of the Nazis and the Soviets to the World of Today" (ISBN 1461018145) will appeal to medical doctors, particularly pathologists, as well as to the general public interested in the historical events of the past century.

Ioachim takes readers to Bucharest where he grew up in the pre-war years, followed by the fascist dictatorship allied with Nazi Germany in the invasion of Russia and by the Soviet occupation that imposed the establishment of the Communist state. During those years he graduated from medical school, specialized in pathology and became assistant professor at the University of Bucharest. In time he realized that the communist regime was a cruel dictatorship based on a doctrine of falsehoods and on the feared Securitate, the secret service of Communist Romania. In 1961 he managed to leave Romania with his wife and 1-year-old daughter, and after a time in Paris he immigrated to the U.S.

In New York, Ioachim advanced to the position of professor at Columbia, Cornell and New York University. He was also chairman of pathology at Lenox Hill Hospital. He published numerous scientific papers on cancer immunology, lymphomas and AIDS. In his book, Ioachim describes the research and progress achieved in these medicAl Fields.

The memoir covers not only the events in Ioachim's life but is also interlaced with historical episodes of Romania, a country not familiar to most Americans, says Ioachim, and of its Jewish population which was decimated during the World War II.

"Looking Back: From the Times of the Nazis and the Soviets to the World of Today" is available for sale online at and other channels.

About the Author:
Born in 1924 in Bucharest, Romania, Harry L. Ioachim grew up during World War II and graduated medical school. He specialized in pathology and advanced to the rank of assistant professor in the years of the communist regime. He left the country in 1961 and after a time in Paris immigrated to the US. In New York, Ioachim built an academic career in pathology and medical research. For many years as chairman of the department of pathology at Lenox Hill Hospital, he was mentor to generations of residents in training, authored well-known pathology textbooks and was a frequent speaker at national and international meetings.

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