Steven M. Rachlin, M.D., is an internist who specializes in complementary and alternative medicine. He made national headlines in November 1994 when he delivered a premature baby on board a TWA fight (#265 from JFK to Orlando) and performed CPR to save the baby’s life. For several years he had a weekly radio show on WEVD (1050 AM) in New York City called Health 2000, which covered such topics as nutrition and preventive medicine.
Dr. Rachlin has lectured widely to both professional and lay audiences over the years. He received a B.A. from Syracuse University and his M.D. degree from the University of Bologna, Italy. He did his medical residency at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, New York.
Harvey Rachlin is the award-winning author of fourteen books and hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles. His first book, The Songwriter’s Handbook (Funk and Wagnalls), sold over 50,000 hardcover copies in thirteen printings, and was the best-selling book on the subject for many years. It is endorsed on the back cover by the Academy Award–winning songwriters Burt Bacharach, Sammy Cahn (who wrote the book’s foreword), Marvin Hamlisch, Henry Mancini, Richard Rodgers, and Jule Styne
Rachlin’s second book, The Encyclopedia of the Music Business (Harper & Row), won the ASCAP–Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music journalism, was named Outstanding Music Reference Book of the Year by the American Library Association, was recommended by Oscar-winning composer Henry Mancini (“Moon River”) on behalf of CBS Television and the Library of Congress on the internationally televised Grammy Awards show, and is included on the U.S. Copyright Office’s “Selected Bibliography for Musicians.” The book is praised on the back cover by Elton John, Johnny Mathis, Pat Boone, and Morton Gould.
Another of Rachlin’s books, Lucy’s Bones, Sacred Stones and Einstein’s Brain (Henry Holt), was made into the long-running smash-hit History Channel series History’s Lost and Found, narrated by actor Edward Herrmann (of Gilmore Girls fame) and introduced on the network by the renowned television journalist Roger Mudd. Rachlin co-wrote the three pilot episodes, which broke ratings records for the History Channel and won the Cine Golden Eagle Award for Best History Series. The show, which ran in prime time for many years, is now broadcast in countries around the world.
Rachlin’s books have been translated into Korean, Spanish, German, and Polish and have been selections of the Book-of-the-Month Club, Quality Paperback Book Club, History Book Club, Encyclopedia Britannica Home Library, Writer’s Digest Book Club, and the Fireside Theatre Book Club. His books have been reviewed in such publications as the New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles Times Book Review, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Seattle Times, Orlando Sentinel, Detroit Free Press, Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News, New York Post, Salt Lake City Tribune, Virginian-Pilot, Baton Rouge Advocate, Nashville Banner, Charlotte Observer, A&E Monthly, Money Magazine, Parade magazine, and Entertainment Weekly magazine.
Harvey Rachlin has appeared on hundreds of radio shows and several national television shows including The Late, Late Show with Tom Snyder (CBS), The Dinah Shore Show, The Joe Franklin Show, and The Sally Jessy Raphael Show, and he has been profiled in many major newspapers including the New York Times (twice), Boston Herald, and Newsday. Other luminaries who have endorsed his books include President Gerald R. Ford, Dave Powers (Special Assistant to President John F. Kennedy), Aaron Copland, Barbara Eden, Estelle Getty, movie producer Samuel Z. Arkoff, best-selling true-crime author Nicholas Pileggi, and Sonny Grosso (the “French Connection” detective).