Ice Bound: One Woman's Incredible Battle for Survival at the South Pole

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Jerri Nielsen was a forty-six year old doctor working in Ohio when she made the decision to take a year's sabbatical at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Research Station in Antarctica, the most remote and perilous place on earth. The 'Polies', as the inhabitants of the research station are known, live in almost total darkness for nine months of the year, in winter temperatures as low as 100 degrees below zero, with no way in or out before spring. As the physician for 41 researchers, construction workers and support staff, Jerri Nielsen's job was to keep the Polies mentally and physically fit. This is her own account of her sea change as she becomes 'of the Ice', and finds that she would rather be in Antarctica than anywhere else on Earth. It is also a thrilling adventure of researchers battling against a hostile environment, and a penetrating exploration of the dynamics of an intense, isolated community faced with adversity. But at its core it is a powerfully moving drama of love and loss, of one woman's voyage of self-discovery and courage, and a very personal struggle for survival.

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'Vividly real.compelling.intensely personal. Ice Bound takes its place among the great Antarctic adventure stories' - New York Times

Dr Jerri Nielsen made international headlines worldwide when as the only doctor at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Research Station, she diagnosed herself with breast cancer. The world's media anxiously followed the immense efforts she and her fellow 'polies' took to treat her, the frantic drops of essential supplies and the final high-risk mission to airlift her out.

Ice Bound, Jerri Nielsen's bestselling book, is not just a powerful account of her struggle for survival, but also a thrilling adventure story about how a small community copes in the most hostile environment on earth, and a moving personal voyage of self-discovery and courage. But at its core lies a romance that makes even these pale into insignificance - Jerri's realization that, dangers and discomforts and even cancer notwithstanding, she would rather be in the terrible beauty of Antarctica than anywhere else on earth.

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Dr Jerri Nielsen lives in Ohio and is the mother of three children. She continues to practice medicine and intends to do a lot of travelling.

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