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August 15, 1953

The Alaska Vagabond, Doctor Skookum: Memories of an Adventurous Life.

JAMA. 1953;152(16):1578. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690160078036

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The author of this book, as a young man, was practicing medicine in a small Illinois town when gold was discovered in the Klondike. He and several others formed a company, assembled supplies of food, clothing, and mining utensils, and a small boat and went to Alaska to try their luck in the gold fields. The book is an account of his varied experiences over many years in Nome, Juneau, and other Alaskan settlements. Life was rugged in the wilderness. There were many more persons than there were dwellings available, although anyone in the saloon business seemed able to find some kind of shack in which to sell liquor. The author apparently did not find much gold in Alaska, but he seems to have enjoyed the life and to have done well practicing medicine under the hardships of frontier life. He tells of one hearty man who had a strangulated

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