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From Dog Sleds to Float Planes: Alaskan Adventures in Medicine: True Stories of a Woman Physician in Paperback – June 30, 2007

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  • Paperback: 173 pages
  • Publisher: Northbooks; 1st edition (June 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978976622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978976620
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,585,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By James Welch on October 4, 2009
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In the interest of full disclosure I must say that Jean Persons was my personal physician for more than 20 years until she retired. I am tempted to convey what a remarkable doctor and human being she is, but I will limit my comments to her book. Regardless, knowing her assures me that her account of Bush Alaska in the 50s is honest, accurate and truthful. Most of the book deals with her time as head of a small regional Hospital in Tanana Alaska, a village on the confluence of the Yukon and Tanana rivers in interior Alaska. This time period was the cusp of modernization in interior Alaska, literally at the edge of centuries-old ways of living and the increasing influence of the modern white man. Jean Persons is able to see and appreciate the people and the culture she delivers medical treatment to, and realize the harsh environment in which the native Athabascans have survived and thrived. She gives the impression of learning and receiving as much as she teaches and gives to the people she serves. The book is a snapshot of an open-minded, adventurous doctor flying into the world she could know little about before hand, yet sets about to manage and deliver health services under even the most difficult circumstances. She is too modest to portray the scope of the impact she has had, but it doesn't take too much reading between the lines to get a glimpse of a remarkable Person, Dr. Jean.
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We just returned from 3 weeks in Alaska. I saw Dr. Persons' book at almost every place we went. People, read this book! She lived life to the very fullest, I am so envious of her. I feel she left a lot of information out, I can only encourage her to write another, more comprehensive. Being a pharmacist, I was very very interested in the drugs she used. I am also grateful to her that she educated me on the horrible amount of tuberculosis that was brought to the natives and its devastation. This woman's courage at every step was impressive. We traveled as far north as Coldfoot, I cannot imagine the conditions she endured on these bush planes during winter. The last night I laid in bed in Anchorage, AK, reading her book, knowing I was in the same city as she, I actually looked up her name in the telephone book, something I have never done before, maybe dreaming of actually calling her, but there were no listings. I know I would not have had the courage anyway.

This book is a very short and easy to read.

Dr. Persons: On page 168, you are pictured with 3 dogs, only 2 are identified, 1 pup lost his page in history! Tinker sounded like a real gem. You write another book, I promise you, I am first in line for the first edition hardcover.

I also identified with her love of animals. Those poor baby seals!

Dr. Persons, thank you for this book.
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It was a terrific story. It was my husband's Uncle. We are communicating with Dr. Jean Persons. She was the Doctor that flew with him. she delivered a baby in the Airplane. What a story!!!
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