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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. That’s what happen to Dr. Sims. His plans to become a pediatric surgeon were drastically changed when, on the eve of being drafted into the army to serve as a MASH surgeon in Vietnam, he was offered a commission in the US Public Health for assignment in Anchorage, Alaska, where he was scheduled to act as chief of pediatrics at the Alaska Native Medical Center. 

But 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 had the awesome responsibility of rendering medical care under archaic conditions to the population of this frontier town plus 13 Eskimo villages in the surrounding Norton Sound area. And he did 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 have liked to see him sent packing. On Call in the Arctic reveals the thrills and the terrors of frontier medicine, showing how Dr. Sims had to rely upon his instincts, improvise, and persevere against all odds in order to help his patients on the icy shores of the Bering Sea.

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  • Andrea
  • 22-10-2020

Unexpected Treasure

I loved this book! Excellent, very interesting life experiences of a Dr. and his family unexpectedly ending up at the top of the world, in Nome, Alaska. He becomes beloved of the Eskimos he pours his life out to help. I listened straight thru and thoroughly enjoyed it!

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  • karen
  • 07-05-2021

Hated to have it end!

Great adventure story - I on,y wish there were a sequel, as Dr. Sims suggested in the epilogue. I was captivated throughout by the tales of Nome, Alaska and its people.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-01-2021

Awesome!!

This story was amazing, captivating, and entertaining. The narration was excellent. The way the book was written made me feel as though I were present, watching everything unfold. Thank you Dr. Sims for sharing this part of your life with the world.

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  • Katie Lamb
  • 18-02-2020

Great Story, Great Narrator

Loved this book! I've been trying to get into audiobooks but often they don't keep my attention. This narrator was amazing though, and I couldn't stop listening! Great story of medicine and life in the Arctic in the early 70s.

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  • C. Kalvin
  • 07-07-2021

Highly related

So much of this book I can relate to, from the chronology (1972/Vietnam era) to Alaska (frontier/remoteness), to the aviation and flying.
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Finally, ending up in Bend, part of my extended backyard.

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  • Not Public
  • 27-01-2021

Wow. Just Wow.

To say I loved this book is an understatement. The book was amazing. It was a a gripping page turner, one I never wanted to stop listening to. I felt such a deep endearing love & kinship w/ the author though we never met through his stories and I feel like I know him & the great people of Nome, that I wouldn’t otherwise have gotten to know. The narration was pure perfection. Like a beautiful symphony that hit every note perfectly. Probably the best narration I’ve ever heard on Audible and I’ve listened to a lot of books. Definitely get this book today. You won’t regret it.

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  • SANDY
  • 17-05-2020

A Memoir

I have never particularly liked memoirs and haven’t read one since Highschool, 50 years ago. BUT! Something dragged me to read this one and loved every word. I have always been drawn to people surviving against all odds, and this one is one of the best. The narrator also did an amazing job. Thank you Dr. Sims, for sharing your experiences, I felt like I was there with you!❤️

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  • CapeCodLady
  • 05-02-2020

Brought back many memories

Really enjoyed this book. I lived in Nome for 3 years in the mid-nineties. A lot had progressed medically by the time I lived there. The internet arrived in Nome about the same time I did and has changed rural Alaska communications quite a bit. I loved hearing the Native Alaskan accents as portrayed in the book by the excellent reader. I highly recommend this book.

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  • C. Davis
  • 31-01-2020

Wonderful in every way.

The pleasure of this book is going to Alaska with Dr. Sims and his family without getting on the plane. What a man.... and what a wife and mother-in-law he has. Plain good ol' listening.

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