On Call in the Arctic

Fatal Secrets

ISBN-13-9880770074082

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A Doctor's Pursuit of Life, Love, and Miracles in the Alaskan Frontier

The extraordinary memoir of a young doctor and his wife as she struggled to make a home and he to practice medicine in the most archaic conditions imaginable and to do it all at the top of the world.

The fish-out-of-water stories of Northern Exposure and Doc Martin meet the rough-and-rugged setting of The Discovery Channel’s Alaskan Bush People in Thomas J. Sims’s "On Call in the Arctic" where the author relates his incredible experience saving lives in one of the most remote outposts in North America.

Imagine a young doctor, trained in the latest medical knowledge and state-of-the-art equipment, suddenly transported back to one of the world’s most isolated and unforgiving environments―Nome, Alaska. Dr. Sims’ plans to become a pediatric surgeon drastically changed when, on the eve of being drafted into the Army to serve as a M.A.S.H. surgeon in Vietnam, he was offered a commission in the U.S. Public Health for assignment in Anchorage, Alaska.

In Anchorage, Dr. Sims was scheduled to act as Chief of Pediatrics at the Alaska Native Medical Center. Life changed, along with his military orders, when he learned he was being transferred from Anchorage to work as the only physician in Nome.  There, he would have the awesome responsibility of rendering medical care under archaic conditions to the population of this frontier town plus thirteen Eskimo villages in the surrounding Norton Sound area. And he would do it alone with little help and support. All the while, he was pegged as both an “outsider” and an employee of the much-derided federal government.

In order to do his job, Dr. Sims had to overcome racism, cultural prejudices, and hostility from those who would like to see him sent packing. On Call in the Arctic reveals the thrills and the terrors of frontier medicine, where Dr. Sims must rely upon his instincts, improvise, and persevere against all odds in order to help his patients on the icy shores of the Bering Sea. 

The hardcove book contains 16 pages of color photographs

Reviews -

"Sims has delivered a captivating account of practicing medicine in the furthest reaches of the U.S."
-Publishers Weekly
"Compelling. On Call in the Arctic is like sitting and listening to Sims by a warm fireplace. You don't want it to end."
-Fern Field Brooks
Executive Producer of the TV show "MONK"
"Thomas Sims' writing is clean, lean, and fast paced."
-Wendy Girard
Filmaker
 

Five Star Amazon Reviews!!

Shell Island

ISBN-56-6784659396375

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