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January 19, 2000

BiographyThe Scalpel and the Silver Bear

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2000;283(3):405-406. doi:10.1001/jama.283.3.405-JBK0119-3-1

The Scalpel and the Silver Bear is a poignant, fluidly written autobiography of a Navajo woman, tracing her steps from the reservation in Crownpoint, Ariz, where she grew up to the upper echelons of academic medicine at Dartmouth University. In between is a compelling tale of the cultural and psychological hurdles that Native Americans and women face in the world of medicine. And while Arviso's story contains an incisive, critical look at medical education and the culture of modern medicine, it is directed not solely at medical professionals and medical educators. It is also directed toward Navajo girls interested in knowing their options, sick people who hope to see their illness in a new light, and anyone interested in viewing healing in a broader, more holistic sense.

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