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Women Aren't Supposed to Fly: The Memoirs of a Female Flight Surgeon Paperback – March 24, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (March 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595499589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595499588
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,100,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Harriet Hall was a pioneer: a physician, a pilot, and an Air Force flight surgeon when there were few women in medicine and still fewer in the military. Now retired, she lives in Puyallup, Washington and writes about pseudoscience and alternative medicine as The SkepDoc. She has two grown daughters and a long-suffering husband who has become expert at dealing with uppity women.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Homola on April 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
An interesting and entertaining autobiography by a female physician who was unique in her career as an Air Force flight surgeon and a private pilot. The ground-breaking events that culminated in her retirement as a full colonel would be of special interest to those who follow medical and military memorabilia.

Dr. Hall's writing skill and her ability to communicate in a clear and humorous fashion offers a pleasant reading experience for those of us who simply want a behind-the-scenes look at a life that is truly extraordinary.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By scott-gamer on June 25, 2008
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Dr. Hall's memoir made me laugh at places, and curse all idiots who automatically think women are incompetent simply because they are women (or vice-versa). Despite that, she succeeded at what she wanted to do, and didn't let it affect her outlook on life. This book reminds me a bit of Richard Feynman's "Surely you're Joking, Mr. Feynman".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dr. S. on May 29, 2008
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Well written, story moves right along, fascinating topic. Loved it. A reminder of how far we've come in just the last few decades.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris Haynes on June 7, 2010
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This is an enjoyable book (though it could have used a bit more editing).

Dr. Hall went into medicine just after women started to be accepted as doctors, and in the military before it was common. I know. I tried for a Navy ROTC scholarship and was turned down about the same time she joined. That year they gave college scholarships to 10000 men, and 15 (no zeros) to women (the year before women were admitted to the military academies). I just had to pay for my engineering education myself (and when the Air Force tried to get me to join as I graduated, I told them "no!"... though I did get some free pizza and a tour of the AWACS airplane as part of their recruitment drive with my fellow classmates).

What is really cool is that she went into medical school after getting a degree of Spanish. Okay, who does that? And then it turned out she was stationed in Spain!

Lots of fun.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Schwa on October 29, 2008
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Dr. Hall's book is engaging and humorous enough in parts that I laughed out loud, which happens far too infrequently these days. It is written in a style which is somewhat abrupt; most of the book consists of strings of single-paragraph descriptions of things patients or colleagues did leavened with an occasional detailed anecdote. In general, it provides a window into an unusual culture from an unusual viewpoint. Worth $20.
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