Mar 14, 2006    #050
Contact: Nancy K. Hill
(816) 235-8855

Beloved book by medical school founder is republished

With a waiting list many people, Diástole has decided to reprint Take Wing! Interesting Things That Happened on My Way to School by E. Grey Dimond, M.D.

A limited 1,000 copies were first published in 1991 for alumni of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine, as well as family, friends, and colleagues of Dr. Dimond.

“Significantly, it is the only record of the UMKC School of Medicine history by an original source,” writes 1985 alumnus Dr. Malinda H. Bell who provides a special preface in the second edition.

Take Wing! is an autobiography that chronicles Dr. Dimond’s life from his modest beginnings in Indiana through his 40-year medical career as a physician-teacher, cardiologist-consultant, educator-author, and world traveler, including numerous visits to Asia.

In 1971, Dimond became known as the first man in 25 years to lead a team of American physicians to China. He was instrumental in establishing international trips for faculty and students in the 70s and early 80s. Today, the medical school’s Office of International Medicine for student exchanges is named after him.

But, Dimond is perhaps best known in Kansas City as the founder of the UMKC School of Medicine, which saw its first Year-1 med students in 1971. He devised the school’s then revolutionary six-year academic plan that admits students directly from high school.

Dimond has also authored the bestselling books Inside China Today: A Western View (1983) and More than Herbs and Acupuncture (1975).

As with its first printing, Take Wing! sales will benefit the UMKC School of Medicine’s Take Wing Award Endowment. The annual Take Wing Award honors a graduate who has demonstrated excellence in his or her field and exceeded the expectations of peers.

A limited 300 books have been re-published in soft back and priced at $35. These books are available for purchase through Diástole, 2501 Holmes Street, (816) 235-8855,

Take Wing! would make a wonderful gift to a graduating medical student. Unified, campus-wide graduation is slated for May 6. Graduation for the medical school will be May 26.

Seven of the 100 originally printed hardback books, signed by the medical school’s deans, are also available for purchase. Some of these numbered hardbacks will be available for $1,000 at Diástole; but, plans include putting them up for silent auction at UMKC fund raisers, as well as making them available for online bidding at

The UMKC School of Medicine offers residency training in 15 specialties and 19 subspecialty residency programs. The school partners with Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, Truman Medical Centers, Western Missouri Mental Health Center and the Kansas City VA Hospital. For more information on the UMKC School of Medicine, visit

UMKC is one of four University of Missouri campuses. It is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health and life sciences and urban affairs.

This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).



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