Sep 24, Kristin rated it it was amazing I really enjoyed this non-fiction account of the life journey of the first female Navajo surgeon. It is short and simply written.
Alvord grew up on a Navajo reservation. Her father had an alcohol problem, and despite being retiring, her mother taught her much about her heritage and how to be a warm and understanding person.
With journalist Van Pelt's help, Alvord tells her life story and describes the culture of her people, setting both in the striking, seemingly limitless landscape of the Southwest.
As far as Alvord knows, she is the first Navajo woman to become a surgeon; those who follow her on such a path have an excellent model. From her early education, she made the first major jump to become an undergraduate at Dartmouth, the antithesis, in many respects, to her previous life.
Gifted with resilience and a sense of humor, she was also fortunate in having understanding, no-nonsense mentors. Medical school at Stanford, another major leap, was followed by her return to Gallup, New Mexico, for years of successful surgery.
Combining and yet keeping distinct her Navajo medical ways and Western medicine is a major theme in Alvord's absorbing autobiography.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review When Alvord, who is half Navajo, dissected her first cadaver, she broke an important rule in her culture: In this inspiring memoir, Alvord, assisted by Van Pelt, describes her endeavors to integrate a Navaho approach to healing with high-tech medical procedures.
She left the pueblo at age 16 to attend Dartmouth on scholarship, survived the numbing vicissitudes of surgical training at Stanford and returned home jubilantly to work as a general surgeon at the local medical center, only to discover that her demeanor and her state-of-the-art skills frightened her patients.
Working within her traditional culture, which strongly resists the removal of organs from the body, she soon realized that a trusting relationship with the patient and harmony in the operating room were as necessary as the correct procedure to the success of the operation and the recovery process.
As an introduction to Navajo healing principles, this short book offers intriguing ideas about humane health care.
While it is unlikely that many physicians will embrace the sacred bear spirit, which is a source of strength and courage for the author, Alvord's message about how to improve a patient's peace of mind is utterly credible. All rights reserved Review by Library Journal Review Half white, half Navajo, and trained at the Stanford Medical School, Alvord returned to the reservation to practice medicine and discovered that her scientific training clashed with the teachings of her people.
Here she explains how she combined the best of both worlds into a unique approach to treatment. She lives in New York with her husband and daughter.The Scalpel and the Silver Bear The Navajo creation story explains that medicine was brought to the people by an ancient owl.
The Scalpel and the Silver Bear is the autobiography of Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord, the first female Navajo doctor in the United States. Alvord was raised in a small town named Crownpoint on a Navajo reservation adjacent to New Mexico. Get this from a library! The scalpel and the silver bear. [Lori Arviso Alvord; Elizabeth Cohen] -- The author, the first Navajo woman surgeon, tells the story of how she was able to cut across cultural, class, and educational borders to become a part of the medical world; and discusses how she. Dr. Alvord was born to a Navajo father and a Caucasian mother--bilagaana--and felt from the beginning that she was walking the path between two worlds. Her childhood was spent on an Indian reservation and she was very close to her Indian grandmother. She was fortunate to be able to attend Dartmouth.
This owl sent down a magic bundle containing the powers of healing to the new world. The Scalpel and the Silver Bear: The First Navajo Woman Surgeon Combines Western Medicine and Traditional Healing by Lori Alvord, Elizabeth Cohen Van Pelt, Elizabeth Cohen The first Navajo woman surgeon combines western medicine and /5(5).
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Alvord's pioneering journey to become a woman surgeon, fighting the odds presented by her own culture and the unspoken rules that made surgery the territory of a privileged class of males. Lori Arviso Alvord, M.D., and Elizabeth Cohen Van Pelt, The Scalpel and The Silver Bear, Bantam Books, Reviewed by Harvey Fenigsohn.
In The Scalpel and the Silver Bear, Lori Arviso Alvord relates the inspiring story of her life as she became the first Navajo woman surgeon. Never forgetting her .
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Sabrina said: Loved this concept: Navajo people have a concept called [Walking in Beauty /5. 9 results for "scalpel silver bear" The Scalpel and the Silver Bear: The First Navajo Woman Surgeon Combines Western Medicine and Traditional Healing Jun 6, by Elizabeth Cohen Van Pelt and Lori Alvord.
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