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Ice bound : a doctor's incredible battle for survival at the South Pole

Author: Jerri Nielsen; Maryanne Vollers
Publisher: New York : Talk Miramax Books/Hyperion, [2001] ©2001
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A physician stranded at the South Pole describes how she discovered a lump in her breast, treated herself with a biopsy and chemotherapy, and was rescued by the Air National Guard, and reflects on her experiences and her colleagues. The Antarctic winter, with temperatures 100 below zero, shuts supply lines down completely; conditions are too treacherous for planes or boats and the only connection with the rest of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
Memoirs
Personal Narratives
Named Person: Jerri Nielsen; Jerri Nielsen; Jerri Nielsen; Jerri Nielsen
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jerri Nielsen; Maryanne Vollers
ISBN: 0786866845 9780786866847 0786886994 9780786886999
OCLC Number: 46811570
Description: xvi, 362 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Contents: The geographic cure --
Through the looking glass --
Great God, this Is an awful place --
The Hard Truth Medical Centre --
Going polar --
An Irish airman foresees his death --
Three shades of twilight --
Darkness, darkness --
The sea change --
The other side of winter --
From Hell on Earth --
Club Med --
The longest month --
Endurance --
Deliverance.
Responsibility: Jerri Nielsen with Maryanne Vollers.

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A physician stranded at the South Pole describes how she discovered a lump in her breast, treated herself with a biopsy and chemotherapy, and was rescued by the Air National Guard, and reflects on her experiences and her colleagues. The Antarctic winter, with temperatures 100 below zero, shuts supply lines down completely; conditions are too treacherous for planes or boats and the only connection with the rest of the world is satellite hook-up. During the long winter of 1999, Dr. Nielsen, the only physician on a staff of forty-one people, discovered a lump in her breast. Consulting via satellite e-mail with doctors in the U.S., she was forced to perform a biopsy & in June began to treat herself with chemotherapy, in order to insure that she could survive until conditions permitted her rescue in October. A daring rescue by the Air National Guard ensued, who landed, dropped off a replacement physician, & in less than five minutes took off with Dr. Nielsen. Set in one of the most remote and desolate yet strikingly beautiful landscapes on earth, Jerri Nielsen's narrative of her transforming experiences is a thrilling adventure of researchers & scientists embattled by a hostile environment, a chronicle of the marvels -- and limits -- of modern medical technology, & a penetrating exploration of the dynamics of an isolated, intensely connected community faced with adversity. But at its core this is a powerfully moving drama of one woman's voyage of self-discovery & courage & the fierce dedication of scores of colleagues -- both known & unknown to her -- whose aid proved to be her salvation. "Ice Bound" is the inspiring true story of Dr. Jerri Nielsen, the physician with breast cancer stranded at a South Pole research station, whose amazing rescue made headlines around the globe. Set in a remote and desolate yet strikingly beautiful landscape, Nielsen's narrative of her transforming experience is a thrilling adventure.

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