Books by Ron Ruskin

New Release!

“Ron Ruskin’s take on the late sixties medical culture is pitch perfect…”  

— Brian Goldman MD, author, ER physician, CBC radio host, health care pundit


Confessions of a Medical Student

Confessions of a Medical Student charts 20-year-old Ben Adler’s tragic-comic journey from home to med-school and the world beyond. Callow and impressionable, Ben leaves his over-anxious Russian-Jewish parents in their Toronto drugstore, and Angie, his girlfriend whom he plans to marry against his parents’ wishes. In anatomy, Ben dissects his cadaver, ‘Clive’, with lab-mates. As the first blush of med-school fades, Ben learns of his father’s life-threatening illness. Cash-poor, Ben enlists in the Navy to earn room and board, joins Lenny’s Underground Railroad for draft-dodgers, jeopardizing studies and provoking his ill father’s scorn. The novel chronicles the tumultuous years 1966–1971 through the eyes of a naïve, sentimental student striving to move beyond family, self, and place. Ben careens from mistake to mistake over four years, yet at the novel’s end he emerges with self-knowledge and a touch of worldly pain and wisdom.

Buy the book at Caversham Booksellers
98 Harbord St., Toronto, or online:


“It’s the late 1960’s and Ben Adler, a young Canadian hockey-playing everyman is coping with med school, a love triangle, and the great expectations of slightly manic relatives…Ron Ruskin’s characters shine through every chapter of this funny, tender and nostalgic novel.”

Allan Peterkin MD, author, Staying Human During Residency Training, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto

“Emotion, intellect, and the quest for authenticity…this is the story of an honest young man trying his best not to fake it.”

Jeanne Beker, journalist, author, and international style editor