About Scrub Hill Press

In July 1990 Dr. Gordon started his internship at Stanford University Medical Center. However, he had completed an internship the year before at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston. The move to Stanford was precipitated by his wife taking a position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Stanford. 

As the year progressed, Dr Gordon starting formulating an idea of creating a handbook that would aid in the transition from medical school to residency….with the support of Dr Jan Rydfors (a Chief Resident) the two of them created a small handbook for the incoming interns that would arrive in July 1991. Dr. Gordon printed out 4 copies on a dot matrix printer and the rest is history with the resulting book now known as “The Little Red Book” or more formally as Obstetrics, Gynecology & Infertility.

The road to success was a bit bumpy. Although the Stanford Medical Bookstore initially played the part of publisher (as did Blackwell Scientific Publishing briefly)….by 1994 Dr. Gordon realized that starting his own medical publishing company made the most sense. However, at the time he was a starving Fellow in Reproductive Endocrinology at UCSF. So he did what most young doctors do when strapped for cash…he asked his parents. With their $20,000 he started Scrub Hill Press.

The name Scrub Hill Press is an homage to the family's summer home that Dr. Gordon’s father, Dr. Edward T Gordon, had built in Chatham, MA in 1973. That home on Cape Cod was named after the scrub pines on the property and of course, in reference to the elder Dr. Gordon’s career as a General Surgeon. Since 1994, Scrub Hill Press has been dedicated to publishing affordable, well-referenced medical handbooks. The 25th Anniversary Edition (7th Edition) of the “Little Red Book” is a testimony to the love and support of Dr. and Mrs. Edward T. Gordon.

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