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May 1, 1937

Georg Wilhelm Steller: The Pioneer of Alaskan Natural History

JAMA. 1937;108(18):1565-1566. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780180089028

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The subject of this biography was a physician, who was one of the greatest naturalist explorers in Alaska and a member of the expedition which in 1741 discovered Alaska for the Russian government. The author of the book followed Steller's course, checking over his observations and collecting a mass of material from Steller's own writings and from contemporary publications, on which this biography is based. The result is a volume full of interesting revelations and most fascinating for all who have ever visited Alaska. It reveals the hardships of the early explorers in that territory and provides an account not only of Steller's work but also of the investigations made by the great Bering, whose name is indelibly associated with Alaskan geography. The book is beautifully illustrated with many colored plates, maps and charts. There are some medical references of special interest, and a series of appendixes of particular importance

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