"If you're a fan of City Bike's motorcycling MD, flash gordon, you'll be happy to know that his columns have been collected and published in book form as Blood, Sweat & Gears. Now you can still have the benefit of flash's wit and wisdom even if you haven't read City Bike from cover to cover for the past ten years.
"Ever wonder what to do if you're on a ride and someone crashes? What's the best remedy for road rash? What should you do if you get hemorrhoids from too much time in the saddle? How can the common cold affect your ability to ride? It's all here. Best of all, flash's medical advice is delivered anecdotally, with incidents gleaned from 33 years as a motorcyclist and not quite so many as an emergency-room physician and staffer at the Haight Street Free Clinic. -- City Bike, December 1995
"Quirky, funny, and eminently important for riders and non-riders alike, Blood, Sweat & Gears is a fine read. Written by a funky San Francisco physician improbably, but factually named Dr. flash gordon (yes, lower-case), this work, 'a collection of columns that originally appeared in City Bike, northern California's premiere motorcycling monthly," takes readers through 33 years of riding and decades of doctoring. . . .
"Dr. flash gordon has gone a long way towards teaching that motorcycling is more than following a twisty line and spongin' out the gravel after a spill. Much more. No, this isn't a Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance wannabe. It is, as the sub-title advertises, 'Ramblings on Motorcycling and Medicine.' The tome is many things at once: insightful, poignant (gordon's had six balloon angioplasties), humorous, and, for the basic medicine in it, informative. It also has funny drawings by Calvin Kandarian and fits in a tankbag pocket. Buy a copy." -- Motorcycle Times, Jan/Feb 1996
"Witty, amusing and well written. Dr. Gordon - yes flash IS his real name! - provides a unique insight into biking and medicine.
" 'Experience is the worst teacher as it always gives the test first and the instruction afterward,' Gordon warns us.
"His book is perfect for dipping into with anecdotes and tall tales about pillions, bike clothing, and even how to mount your bike. One chapter many bikers will relate to is titled 'Shi*, that was close!'
"Despite the humor - and Americanisms - there is a serious vein running through the book warning of the potential dangers of motor cycling." -- Motor Cycle News, November 1995, UK pg 35
"You'd think a guy whose real, actual, legal name is flash gordon (no capitals, please, like e.e. cummings) would be a little, well, off-center. Hearing that gordon has written a book called Blood, Sweat & Gears: Ramblings on Motorcycling and Medicine might not do much to change your opinion, either, even when you learned that gordon is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and is entitled to append M.D., as in medical doctor, to his name. The fact of the matter is that the good doctor is indeed a couple of bubbles off plumb, but in a way all motorcyclists can happily relate to. And better yet, his book is full of information all motorcyclists ought to read and memorize. -- Rider, April 1996
About the Author
Yes, flash (lowercase, please) is his real name: it's on the mortgage and his medical license. He's residency trained and board certified in emergency medicine, and has practiced in Miami, Detroit, Boston, Las Vegas, and San Francisco. He's been the director of the Emergency Residency Program at San Francisco General Hospital, a practicing emergency doc, and Medical Director of the Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic. He now works in San Rafael, California.
He's been riding motorcycles since 1961, and currently rides a highly modified BMW R-Series Twin around San Francisco. His writing has appeared in CityBike magazine, the Whole Earth Review, a number of nationally distributed motorcycle monthlies, and other publications.