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Joycelyn Elders, M.D.: From Sharecropper's Daughter to Surgeon General of the United States

Elders, Joycelyn, Dr., and David Chanoff

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ISBN 10: 0688147224 / ISBN 13: 9780688147228
Published by William Morrow, New York, 1996
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First edition, stated; first printing, full number line. Inscribed, signed, and dated by the author on the front endpaper: "To Mary Lou / Best wishes / Dr. Joycelyn Elders / 2/27/97." An inspiring life story; too bad she was run out of public service by pigheaded bigots. The book is tight, square, and unmarked; the dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $25.95). Brodart protected. Bookseller Inventory # 003348

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Title: Joycelyn Elders, M.D.: From Sharecropper's ...

Publisher: William Morrow, New York

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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The outspoken former surgeon general shares her inspiring story, from her childhood in a one-room cabin to her tenure in the highest medical position in the United States and the controversies that have surrounded her. 100,000 first printing. Tour.


Dr. Elders, with David Chanoff, has written a folksy and humble account of her life's journey from sharecropper's daughter in rural Arkansas to Surgeon General of the United States. Interestingly, given the controversial circumstances of her forced resignation when she was demonized by the Republican right for open discussion of sexuality, Dr. Elders reveals an upbringing suffused with the sort of family values that she was accused of destroying. "There wasn't any alcoholism," she writes, "nor was there any talk of men beating their wives, or of separation or divorce either." Her own sex education was typically scant, and indeed one has the impression of a woman who remained somewhat naive on such matters even as she gained an education beyond the comprehension of her parents.

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