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Author Name:    De VIGHNE, Harry Carlos

Title:   Time of My Life . A Frontier Doctor in Alaska. First Edition in dustjacket

Publisher:    Lippincott, Philadelphia, 1942, 

Seller ID:   103493

De VIGHNE, Harry Carlos. The Time of My Life : A Frontier Doctor in Alaska.Philadelphia and New York : J.B. Lippincott Company, (1942). First Edition . Pp (6), 7-336. 8vo, red cloth, dark blue design on front board, dark bluelettering to spine. Falk, Alaska History : An Annotated Bibliography 1990, Tourville, Alaska, A Bibliography 1281, Ricks' Alaska Bibliography p.83, S mith, Pacific West Americana 2426. See Arctic Bibliography 3927 for the later British edition. "Out of the adventures of an orphaned Cuban lad who became first a newspapei boy on the Bowery, then foster son of an Iowa farmer,protegé of a brilliant but disreputable St. Louis physician, sailor of for tune on a freighter filibustering arms to Cuba at the outbreak of the Spanish-American war; medical student in Texas, California and Oregon, a busy general practitioner and ultimately Health Commissioner of the Territory of Alaska, The Time My Life weaves a unique story. After graduating in medicine, Harry De Vighne's first assignment was to Alaska, the "last frontier." This paid him 150 dollars a month and traveling expenses to make a sanitary survey preliminary to establishing a medical service for the Indians and Eskimos. A year of this having given him a rather wide knowledge of the country, he settled down in general practice, sent tor his fiancée and one hour after her boat docked in Alaska married her. They lived in the Territory more than thirtv years. One of the best known doctors in Alaska, Dr. De Vighnetells of the country when it was thought to be of little importance; of th e present capital when it was an ugly mining camp; of wretched Indian villages; of transporting vaccine and antitoxin by dog team and later by plane; of pioneer medical practice under most primitive conditions. Bv March, 1920, in spite of his earnest desire to avoid obstetrics, he had delivered his 999th baby and was planning to commemorate his 1000th by providing free services and hospitalization. Unfortunntelv. the recipient proved to be an unappreciative Jap. Consequently in June, 1933, when he delivered his 2000th child, he marked the event inexpensively by bestowing on the youngster his ow:n name. A magnificent study of a general practitioner in a most unusual settmg, an arresting story of a thrilling and useful life, this autobiography is also a graphic picture of Alaska's transition from an isolated, all but inaccessible frontier into a modern and strategic outpost of our way of life." (from the dj). Lightly rubbed, bookplate, corner of flyleaf clipped, else very good in chipped dustjacket. 30.00


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