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1926 Duke University graduation photo, age 17

Frank Gill Slaughter (February 25, 1908 - May 17, 2001), pseudonym C.V. Terry, was an American novelist and physician whose books sold more than 60 million copies. His novels drew on his own experience as a doctor and his interest in history and the Bible. He often introduced readers to exciting findings of medical research and new inventions of medical technology.

Slaughter was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Stephen Lucious Slaughter and Sarah "Sallie" Nicholson Gill. When he was about five years old, his family moved to a farm near Berea, North Carolina, which is west of Oxford, North Carolina.

Slaughter earned his bachelor's degree from Trinity College (now Duke University) at 17 and went to medical school at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Slaughter began writing fiction in 1935 while a physician at Riverside Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, paying off a $60 typewriter at $5 a month. He rewrote the manuscript of That None Should Die, a semi-autobiographical story of a young doctor, six times before Doubleday accepted it.

Several of Slaughter's novels became films, including The Warrior, made into the 1953 Rock Hudson film Seminole; Sangaree, made into the 1953 film of that name starring Fernando Lamas; and Doctors' Wives, made into the 1971 film starring Dyan Cannon and Gene Hackman.

Other books by Slaughter included Plague Ship, The Purple Quest, Surgeon, U.S.A., The Mapmaker, Tomorrow's Miracle and The Scarlet Cord.

Slaughter's last novel, Transplant, was published in 1987.

Slaughter died May 17, 2001 in Jacksonville, Florida.





  • That None Should Die (1941)
  • Spencer Brade M.D. (1944)
  • A Touch of Glory (1945)
  • In a Dark Garden (1946)
  • The Golden Isle (1947)
  • Sangaree (1948)
  • The Stubborn Heart (1950)
  • Fort Everglades (1951)
  • The Road to Bithynia (1951)
  • East Side General (1952)
  • The Cross and The Crown (1953)
  • Storm Heaven (1953)
  • The Galileans: The story of Mary Magdalene (1953)
  • The Song of Ruth (1954)
  • Buccaneer Surgeon (1954)
  • The Healer (1955)
  • The Warrior (1956)
  • Sword and Scaple (1957)
  • The Crown and the Cross: The Life of Christ (1959)
  • The Thorn Of Arimathea (1960)
  • The Land and the Promise: The Greatest Stories of the Bible Retold (1960)
  • Epidemic! (1961)
  • David, Warrior and King (1962)
  • Constantine, The Miracle of the Flaming Cross (1965)
  • Doctors' Wives (1967)
  • God's Warrior (1967)
  • The Sins of Herod (1968)
  • Upon this Rock (1968)
  • Surgeon's Choice: A Novel of Medicine Tomorrow (1969)
  • The Countdown (1970)
  • Women in White (1974)
  • Plague Ship (1977)
  • Mapmaker (1978)
  • Doctors at Risk (1983)
  • No Greater Love (1985)


  • Immortal Magyar: Semmelweis Conqueror of childbed Fever (1950)
  • The New Science of Surgery (1946)
  • Medicine for Moderns: The New Science of Psychosomatic Medicine (1947)



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