- 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: 14.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,465,412 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.
Top customer reviews
She recounts the discrimination she faced, the occasional stupidity of military bureaucrats, no worse than their civilian counterprarts I might add.
At the same time, she has a self-acknowledged warped sense of humor that made me laugh out loud.
I acknowledge I'm not toally impartial. I know Dr. Hall through the internet as we both fight medical quackery. But I have never met her in person, much less been treated by her. This exposed a side of her that one doesn't see in the somewhat starchy, always professional Skepdoc.
It turned Col Harriet Hall, USAF, MC, (ret.) into a human being.
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.