Lives on
Brown Cards

A coming-of age-memoir about a newly minted physician at an urban Southern hospital and the unforgettable experiences that helped her see beyond the diagnostic data of her many patients and recognize instead their essential humanity, their lives, and their families.


Diane has a remarkable story. She is a doctor who found her own humanity and sense of self when she herself was injured. We peek behind the curtain to see what it is like to become a doctor, and her journey is touching and inspirational.

Marni Freedman, San Diego Memoir Showcase Producer

Diane Schneider’s memoir “Lives on Brown Cards” looks at memorable patients she has encountered in her years as a physician — and the lessons she learned from them. An excerpt, “Killer Bees” earned her a spot as one of 10 winners of the San Diego Memoir Writers Association’s (SDMWA) fifth annual Memoir Showcase Competition

Ashley Mackin-Solomon, La Jolla Light

About Diane L. Schneider, MD

Author, Expert in Bone Health & Osteoporosis

As a physician with expertise in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, Dr. Diane Schneider’s academic career focused on clinical care and clinical research of men and women. Diane’s research findings are published in, among others, JAMA - The Journal of the American Medical Association and The Annals of Internal Medicine. She has presented her work and related topics at numerous meetings and academic conferences. Diane is also a retired faculty member of UCSD’s School of Medicine.

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