Jerri Nielsen was a forty-six year old doctor working in Ohio when she made the decision to take a year's sabbatical at an Antarctic research station. As the physician for 41 researchers, construction workers and other support staff, her job was to keep them mentally and physically fit. This is her own account of her experiences, and at the core is a powerfully moving drama of love and loss, of one woman's voyage of self-discovery and courage, and the very personal struggle for survival.
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Serving as doctor to the Americans "wintering over" at the South Pole in 1999, Jerri Nielsen made headlines when she discovered a lump in her breast that a self-administered biopsy revealed to be an aggressive, fast-growing cancer. No flights in or out of Antarctica are possible during the continent's long winter, and Nielsen's account of giving herself chemotherapy while she and her fellow "Polies" waited for the weather to break is even more gripping than the news reports at the time. She's candid about her pain and fear; the media battle waged by her embittered ex-husband makes her ordeal even more challenging. Interestingly enough, however, this high drama does not overshadow Nielsen's deeper narrative of a woman who came "to the Ice" seeking new meaning in a life shattered by divorce and estrangement from her children. In the back-to-basics world of Antarctic medicine, with outdated equipment, few supplies and no assistants, she rediscovered her vocation as a doctor, free from the imperatives of corporate-directed medicine. More importantly, Nielsen found spiritual solace in the world's most extreme environment, where she was "introduced slowly to the notion of giving more than you have and using less than you need ... of knowing that all you really own are your own thoughts". She makes the glories of the Pole so palpable that by the end readers will not even be surprised when she signs an e-mail to her family, "from the wonderful Ice". -- Wendy SmithReview:
Nielsen's is a genuinely thrilling story, and her directness makes Ice Bound a gripping book. -- Sunday Times Magazine, January 20, 2002
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Book Description Ebury Press, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110091881153
Book Description Ebury Press, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 91881153