The Death of Maria Chavarria: One Man's Journey from Doctor to Damnation
John G. Deaton, MD

John G. Deaton, MD, author of John G Deaton
The Death of Maria Chavarria: One Man's Journey from Doctor to Damnation

John G. Deaton, MD:
Dr. Deaton was born in Houston in 1939 and grew up in a small town in Northeast Texas. Graduating from UT-Austin (BA with High Honors) in 1961, and from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1963 (MD with High Honors), he did his internship at Memorial Hospital, Corpus Christi, Texas, and returned to UTMB in 1964 for training in Internal Medicine. He was board-certified in that specialty in 1970 and left clinical medicine in 1971. He is a retired Senior Lecturer from UT-Austin.

Career Stops

  • Internship (rotating): 1963—1964, Memorial Hospital, Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Internal Medicine residency: 1964—1966, UTMB, Galveston 
  • Fellowship in Hematology Research: 1966—1967, UTMB, Galveston
  • Fellowship in Immunology, 1969—1970, Laboratory of Dr. Fritz Bach, University of Wisconsin at Madison 
  • Captain, USAF, Medical Corps, 1967—1968, 12th USAF Hospital, Cam Ranh Bay, Republic of Vietnam
  • Captain, USAF, 1968—1969, Mather AFB, Sacramento, California
  • Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin, 1972—1973
  • Visiting Lecturer, Lecturer, and Senior Lecturer, University of Texas at Austin, 1973, 1976—1977, 1985—1998  
  • Contributing Editor, Consultant, 1973—1985
  • Contributing Editor, Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine, 1981—1983
  • Freelance Editor, The Female Patient, 1982—1986   

Selected Publications

  • J.G. Deaton, T. Gretzinger, A.O. Manske, and J. Neal: Kerosene Poisoning—A  Preliminary Report. Texas Reports on Biology and Medicine: 20, 47—52, 1962. 
  • J.G. Deaton and W.C. Levin: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Acute Myeloblastic Leukemia. Archives of Internal Medicine: 120, 345—348, 1967.
  • CPT John G. Deaton: Febrile Illnesses in the Tropics (Vietnam). Military Medicine: 134, 1403—1408, 1969. (This article was the featured source of an Editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Association: Tropical Fever of Unknown Origin in Vietnam, JAMA: 211, 1690—1691, 1970.)
  • John G. Deaton: Fatal Pulmonary Edema as a Complication of Acute Falciparum Malaria. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene: 19, 196—201, 1970. 
  • J.G. Deaton and F.H. Bach: Prolongation of Skin Allograft Survival in Lymphocyte-depleted Mice. Transplantation: 9, 597—599, 1970.
  • J.G. Deaton: Thoracic Duct Lymph Drainage in the Mouse: a Technique for  Producing Lymphocyte-Depleted Animals. Lymphology:5, 115—120, 1972.

Previous Books and Credits by Dr. Deaton include:

  • New Parts for Old, The Age of Organ Transplants(Foreword by Willem J. Kolff, MD, PhD), Palisade, NJ: Franklin Publishing Company: 1974.
  • The Best of Texas Monthly, ("Physician, Heal Thyself," Texas Monthly, 1976, p. 112), Texas Monthly Press, 1978.
  • Woman's Day Book of Family Medical Questions(with Elizabeth Jean Pascoe; Medical Editor, Philip R. Alper, MD), NY: Random House, 1979.
  • Principles of Anatomy and Physiology, Sixth Ed., Gerard J. Tortora, et al, New York, Harper & Row, 1990. (Medical Tests, Clinical Applications, and Disorders reviewed by John G. Deaton, MD, credited on title page).
  • Two Hands Full of Sunshine (Volumes 1 & 2), An Epic about ChildrenTrapped in the Holocaust, New York and Bloomington: iUniverse, 2009


  • Award of the Order of Aesculapius, UT-Austin, 1959
  • Phi Beta Kappa, UT-Austin, 1961
  • McLaughlin Fellowship, UTMB, 1961
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, UTMB, 1963
  • Merck Manual Award, Honors Convocation, UTMB, 1963
  • National Defense Service Medal, 1967
  • Vietnam Service Medal, 1967
  • Republic of Vietnam Commendation Medal, 1968
  • United States Air Force Commendation Medal, 1968
  • United States Air Force Outstanding Unit Award— President's Outstanding Unit Award—for 12th USAF Hospital's performance during the Tet Offensive of 1968

  • Honorable Mention, Hospital Physicianwriting awards, 1967, 1970
  • Second Prize, Hospital Physician writing awards, 1971 
  • Certificate of Appreciation, the National Association for Retarded Citizens, October 15, 1977, for "Jennie," article in Texas Monthly
  • Co-winner, Anson Jones Award for Excellence in Communicating Health Information to the Public, Texas Medical Association, 1978

  • Natural Sciences Council Teaching Award, UT-Austin, 1989
  • Listing as (one of) the "Best" at UT-Austin, Utmost Magazine, 1990
  • Texas Excellence Teaching Award, 1991—1992
  • Natural Science Advisory Council Teaching Excellence Award,  Outstanding Professor in the College of Natural Sciences (Runner-Up), 1992 

Other Books by John G. Deaton

  • Markets for the Medical Author, St. Louis, Warren H. Green, 1971
  • A Medical Doctor's Guide to Youth, Health, and Longevity, West Nyack, New York, Parker Publishing Company, 1977.
  • Below the Belt, A Book About the Pelvic Organs, Palisade, NJ, Franklin Publishing Company, 1978.
  • Love and Sex in Marriage, a Medical Doctor's Guide to the Sensual Union, West Nyack, New York, Parker Publishing Company, 1978.

Other Peer-Reviewed Research Papers

  • J.G. Deaton, H. Skaggs, and W.C. Levin: Acute hemolytic anemia complicating infectious mononucleosis: Texas Reports on Biology and Medicine 25:309—317, 1967.
  • J. G. Deaton and C. St. John: Spuriously low total leukocyte counts in chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Texas Reports on Biology and Medicine 27: 763—767, 1969.
  • J.G. Deaton: Lymphocyte depletion in the induction of chimerism in  Mice. RES: Journal of the Reticuloendothelial Society 13:161—165, 1973.
  • J.G. Deaton and L.O. Mendoza: Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome in a 23-year-old man. Archives of Internal Medicine 132:422—425, 1973.
  • J.G. Deaton: The mortality rate and causes of death among institutionalized Down syndrome patients in Texas. Journal of Mental Deficiency Research 17:117—141, 1973.

Other Publications

  • Deaton, John G.: That crock in 714 may be listening. Hospital Physician, September, 1967, pp. 56—58.
  • —: Vietnam: 365 days in a doctor's Life. Hospital Physician,  May, 1968, pp. 53—56.
  • —: Anyone can write journal articles. Hospital Physician, September, 1969, pp. 64—67.
  • —: Another test for deep pain: Board exams. Hospital Physician, January, 1971, pp. 60—63
  • —:  Managing the retarded child—and his parents. Hospital Physician, May, 1971, pp. 70—75.
  • —: A red-neck looks at a black face. Hospital Physician, April, 1972, 46—49. 
  • Deaton, John G.: Playing to win in the publish-or-perish game. Hospital Physician, August, 1972, pp. 44—45.
  • —: Systemic lupus: improved tests sharpen diagnosis. Consultant, October, 1972, pp. 46—48.
  • —: Drug-induced lupus: you can reduce the risk. Consultant, January, 1973, pp. 59—61.
  • —: State of the art: combating transplant rejection. Hospital Physician, May, 1973, pp. 37—41.
  • —: How to Recognize Cancer Before It's Too Late. Life and Health, May, 1973, pp. 25—27.
  • —: How blood clots and some screening tests when it doesn't. Consultant, May, 1973, pp. 66—75.
  • —: Munchausen's syndrome: beware the bogus patient. Consultant, September, 1973, pp. 146—147.
  • —: Check-list for practitioners: tips on work-up of the patient. Clinical Forum on Arthritis, September, 1973, p. 7.
  • —: Fingerprinting: new way to track down disease. Consultant, January, 1974, p. 87.
  • Moncrief, J.W., Deaton, J.G.: Consultant Cases in Clinical Management: Why the Edema? Consultant, June, 1974, pp. 41—57. 
  • Deaton, J.G., Moncrief, J.W. Consultant Cases in Clinical Management: The Failing Woman. Consultant, November, 1974, pp. 73—85.
  • —: Little Buddha. (Short Story) The Texas Quarterly, Winter, 1975, pp. 70—74.
  • —: Pitfalls in treating hyperactivity in children. Consultant, May, 1976, pp. 208—216.
  • —: Physician, heal thyself. How a doctor got hooked on drugs, and how he got off. Texas Monthly, June, 1976, pp. 112, 147—153.
  • Deaton, John G.: Inside jobs. Texas Monthly, pp. 73—77.
  • —: Just what the doctor ordered. Texas Monthly, February, 1977, p. 120.
  • —: Endgame: The rules of roundsmanship. The New Physician, April, 1977, pp. 25—27.
  • —: Fever and what to do about it. Life and Health, July, 1977, p. 26.
  • —: Jennie. Texas Monthly, October, 1977, pp. 171—175.
  • —: Consultant Cases in Clinical Management: A teenager with recurring
     abdominal pain. Consultant, July, 1979, pp. 111—127.
  • —: Use your medical knowledge to earn extra income. Physician's Management, September, 1979, p. 42.
  • —: I practiced the "art of medicine"—and it backfired. Medical Economics, May 12, 1980, p. 171.
  • —: Run, doctor, run. Physician's Management, September, 1980, p. 105.
  • —: A physician collects books for joy and profit. Physician's Management, November, 1980, pp. 112 121.
  • —: Down's syndrome: reappraising treatment of children—and adults. Consultant, April, 1981, 249—259.
  • —: More on Down's syndrome. Consultant, August, 1981, pp. 19—23.
  • —: Consultant Cases in Clinical Management: What is causing her left jaw to swell? Consultant, October, 1984, pp. 256—264.
  • —: The best reps I have known. Perspectives9:18—21, 1985.
  • —: One physician picks apart and praises drug ads. Perspectives9:26—28, 1985.
  • —: The Tiger and the little girl from Houston (Memorable Moments). Consultant, January, 1986, pp. 165—166.
  • —: The gift of Mr. Pak (Memorable Moments) Consultant, November, 1986, p. 135.

Published Letters:

  • Deaton, John G. The Annals: To rip or to bind. Annals of Internal Medicine 71:212, 1969.
  • —: Slave patients and free physicians. New England Journal of Medicine, 285:127, 1971.
  • —: Ecology and Tugboat Annie.  Journal of the American Medical Association 218:1052, 1971.
  • —: Alcoholism a disease? (Comments Section) Annals of Internal Medicine 82:117—118, 1975.
  • —: Runner's high. Psychosomatics 24:1093, 1983.

Book Reviews:

  • Deaton, John G. "The Family Book of Preventive Medicine. How to stay well all the time." By Benjamin Miller and Lawrence Galton. Simon & Schuster, New York, 1972. Annals of Internal Medicine 76:843, 1972.
  • —: "Hazardous to your Health," Annals of Internal Medicine 77:1011, 1972.
  • —: "The Sun is my Enemy, One Woman's Victory over a Mysterious and Dreaded Disease," by Henrietta Aladjem. Englewood Cliffs, Prentice-Hall, 1972. Annals of Internal Medicine 78:628, 1973.
  • —: "Polycythemia: Theory and Management," edited by Herman Klein, 260 pp., with illus, $14.75, Charles C. Thomas Publishers, 1973. Journal of the American Medical Association 227:330—331, 1974.
  • —: "Sandoz Atlas of Haematology," by Erik Undritz, 234 pp., 516 illus. Sandoz Ltd. (Sandoz Pharmaceuticals), East Hanover, NJ, 1973. Journal of the American Medical Association 227:1065, 1974.
  • —: "Of Bigfoot and Porpoises and the Path to Maturity." Review of "Aransas," by Stephen Harrigan. The Dallas Morning News, March 30, 1980.
  • —: "The Collected Stories of Amado Muro. The Dallas Morning News, March 30, 1980.
  • —: "China Men in America." Review of "China Men," by Maxine Hong Kingston, New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1980. The Dallas Morning News, July 27, 1980.
  • —: "Chasing Dad," by Candace Flynt, New York, The Dial Press, 1980. The Dallas Morning News, August 3, 1980.
  • —: "A Psychoanalyst's Look at Life." Review of "The Scheme of Things," by Alan Wheelis. The Dallas Morning News, October 12, 1980.
  • —: "John Dos Passos: An Iconoclastic Writer to be Savored." Review of  "A Twentieth Century Odyssey," by Townsend Ludington, New York, E.P. Dutton, 1980 The Dallas Morning News, December 28, 1980.
  • —: "What Happened at Chaneysville?" Review of "The Chaneysville Incident," by David Bradley, New York, Harper & Row, 1981. The Dallas Morning News, May 24, 1981.
  • —: "The Jewel of Indian Hot Springs." Review of "Border Healing Woman," by Jewel Babb and Pat Ellis Taylor. The Dallas Morning News, June, 1981.
  • —: "Medical School Machine." Review of "Gentle Vengeance, An Account of the First Year at Harvard Medical School," by Charles LeBaron, Richard Marek Publishers, New York, 1981. The Dallas Morning News, June 28, 1981.
  • —: "Plain Pictures of Plain Doctoring: Vernacular Expression in New Deal Medicine and Photography," by John D. Stoeckler and George A. White. Boston, MIT Press, 1985. New York Times Book Review, October 13, 1985, p. 24.
  • —: "Healing the Wounds, A Physician Looks at His Work," by David Hilfiker. New York, Pantheon Books, 1985. New York Times Book Review, November 3, 1985.
  • —: "The Sickled Cell, From Myths to Molecules," by Stuart J. Edelstein. Boston, Harvard University Press, 1986. New York Times Book Review, October 5, 1986, p. 54.
  • —: "The Bog Man and the Archaeology of People," by Don Brothwell, Boston, Harvard University Press, 1986. New York Times Book Review, September 27, 1987, p. 37.
  • —: "One Doctor's Adventures among the Famous and Infamous from The Jungles of Panama to a Park Avenue Practice," by B.H. Kean with Tracy Dahlby, New York, Ballantine, 1990. New York Times Book Review, February 11, 1990, pp. 20—21.
  • —: "Trials of an Expert Witness. Tales of Clinical Neurology and the Law," by Harold L. Klawans. Boston, Little, Brown, 1991. New York Times Book Review, 1991, March 10, p. 16.

Miscellaneous Writings:

  • Deaton, John G.: "After" (poem) New England Journal of Medicine 276:1362, 1967.
  • Deaton, JG: "In Honor of Hubbs (On the retirement of Clark Hubbs)," Zoology Journal (University of Texas Austin), XI, Fall, 1993, pp. 8—9.
  • —: "Ardel and Gary/Two Physician Graduates of UTMB Were Killed in the Vietnam War. This Is Their Story." UTMB Alumni News, Volume 11, Number 3, Summer/Fall 1997
  • —: "Meredith's magic apparent early on, East Texas kids saw a lot to
     Love in star QB." The Dallas Morning News, Commentary, Guest
     Column, p. 2C, December 26, 2010.
  • Deaton, Dr. John G: “Victory or Death: The Immortal Travis Letter of February 24, 1836—‘To the People of Texas & all Americans in the World.’” The Alamo Journal 167, December, 2012, pp. 8–11.