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Ice Bound: A Doctor's Incredible Battle for Survival at the South Pole

por Jerri Nielson

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The Antarctic winter, with temperatures 100 degrees below zero, shuts supply lines down completely; conditions are too treacherous for planes and boats and the only connection with the rest of the world is satellite hook-up. During the long winter of 1999, Dr. Nielsen, the only physician on a staff of forty-one people, discovered a lump in her breast. Consulting via satellite e-mail with doctors in the U.S., she was forced to perform a biopsy and in June began to treat herself with chemotherapy, in order to insure that she could survive until conditions permitted her rescue in October. A daring rescue by the Air National Guard ensued, who landed, dropped off a replacement physician, and in less than five minutes took off with Dr. Nielsen. Set in one of the most remote and desolate yet strikingly beautiful landscapes on earth, Jerri Nielsen's narrative of her transforming experiences is a thrilling adventure of researchers and scientists embattled by a hostile environment, a chronicle of marvels - and limits - of modern medical technology, and a penetrating exploration of the dynamics of an isolated, intensely connected community faced with adversity. But at its core this is a powerfully moving drama of one woman's voyage of self-discovery and courage and the fierce dedication of scores of colleagues - both known and unknown to her - whose aid proved to be her salvation.… (mais)
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Really 2 and a half stars. The story was interesting, but the reading was stilted, especially knowing that it was the author reading it. That usually adds something to an audio rendition for me, but in this case, it was distracting and tedious. I think she would have been better to hire someone to read it for the audio book. ( )
  KylaS | Feb 18, 2016 |
i seem to have read 3 or 4 books about life in antartica. everybody seems to love it! not my cup of tea. i also remember this story from the newspaper and i remember a lot of press about her making it up. ( )
  mahallett | Jul 20, 2014 |
Really gets across the feeling of living at the Amundsen-Scott station at the South Pole. Easy to read. ( )
  leslie.98 | May 30, 2014 |
I can't really give this book a thorough review. My wife read it first and told me many of the details so I felt like I was reading it a second time. ( )
  jorowi | Dec 17, 2013 |
Finished it last night Feb. 26.

Overall it was interesting, I liked to learn a bit more about how they lived there but after a while it became repetitive, all the talk about what they did daily, how much they loved each other and how much better they are than people not on the ice. (that was what I felt)

The first half of the book is about how they live there and just a little part is about the cancer.

Did she fall in love with a married man? was I the only one who noticed that? I do know when you live in close quarters you will fall in love quicker. ( )
  Marlene-NL | Apr 12, 2013 |
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To the brave men and women who risked their lives to save me. And for the many, behind the scenes, who worked and prayed and supported. To those who stayed with me during the dark days. Here is my heart.
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The Antarctic winter, with temperatures 100 degrees below zero, shuts supply lines down completely; conditions are too treacherous for planes and boats and the only connection with the rest of the world is satellite hook-up. During the long winter of 1999, Dr. Nielsen, the only physician on a staff of forty-one people, discovered a lump in her breast. Consulting via satellite e-mail with doctors in the U.S., she was forced to perform a biopsy and in June began to treat herself with chemotherapy, in order to insure that she could survive until conditions permitted her rescue in October. A daring rescue by the Air National Guard ensued, who landed, dropped off a replacement physician, and in less than five minutes took off with Dr. Nielsen. Set in one of the most remote and desolate yet strikingly beautiful landscapes on earth, Jerri Nielsen's narrative of her transforming experiences is a thrilling adventure of researchers and scientists embattled by a hostile environment, a chronicle of marvels - and limits - of modern medical technology, and a penetrating exploration of the dynamics of an isolated, intensely connected community faced with adversity. But at its core this is a powerfully moving drama of one woman's voyage of self-discovery and courage and the fierce dedication of scores of colleagues - both known and unknown to her - whose aid proved to be her salvation.

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