This is a good book: interesting, simply written. It contains no fluff and unneeded description, just straightforward writing about a remarkable selfless lady of the Omaha Tribe in Omaha NE. It is very educational but clearly written. A youth could learn from her story. As Omaha Tribe Historian, Dennis Hastings stated, “It needs no embellishments”.
She was the first Native American woman to graduate from medical school. I expected to read about racial challenges, but there were none. Instead she had total acceptance and support from many white people. She made many friends who helped her experience the social ways of white people. She took what she learned to improve the lifestyles of her own people, which were not always accepted by them
One interesting college experience describes her experience watching surgery. All the women students were in a balcony position with the male students in a circle below. This was apparently a “protection” for the ladies where expected to faint during the procedure if they got too close to the demonstration. That was rather silly since they had had weeks of experience working with bodies. Immediately after the first cut on the cadaver there was a thud on the floor. It was a male student who fainted and had to be carried out on a stretcher.
After graduation from medical school she immediately returned home to become the only doctor for her people. They loved her and preferred to use her help over that of the government assigned white doctor whom they saw as uncaring.
She ruined her own health in her efforts to help her people with their health issues as she traveled across the reservation to tend the sick in extreme weather conditions for very long days. She had to temporarily give up her work until she had help from two other doctors.
There are many black and white pictures which add information. My copy of the book is in large-print which assists a reader with weak vision.