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We Took to the Tundra: An Osteopathic Family Among the Yup'ik Eskimos

Bergen DO, William F.

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ISBN 10: 1439223505 / ISBN 13: 9781439223505
Published by BookSurge Publishing, 2009
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Title: We Took to the Tundra: An Osteopathic Family...

Publisher: BookSurge Publishing

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Used: Very Good

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The adventures of family practice for a physician and his family in Alaska, among the scarcely known Yup’ik Eskimos is chronicled in We Took To The Tundra. As an osteopathic family physician in Maine, Dr. Bergen yearned to do something else before he grew too old to do something else. Having sold his Clinic in Kennebunk, Dr. Bergen took his wife and daughter to live for the next five years in a Yup’ik Eskimo community four hundred miles from the nearest road. The book recounts the exciting times they experienced, explores the traditions and culture of these little known people, and exposes the fundamentals of philosophy and practice of an osteopathic physician. Dr. Bergen’s tale enjoys the heartwarming moments of a cozy family life in the climatic Arctic, the excitement of the caribou hunt in the wilderness, the largess of the subsistence salmon fishery, and the struggles of an isolated people to retain their dignity and traditions in a harsh, rapidly evolving modern society.

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William F. Bergen, DO. enticed by the principles of the Osteopathic Profession, graduated from the University of Detroit with a BS and, after a stint in the US Army, gained the Doctor of Osteopathy degree from the Kirksville College of Osteopathy and Surgery. He conducted a private practice in family medicine from 1961 until 1991 in Kennebunk, Maine where he built an outpatient clinic, served as Chairman of the Board of a local national bank, and became a founder of the University of New England. There he helped to raise his four sons and simultaneously received a summa cum laude degree in anthropology. Interested in both medicine and anthropology, Dr. Bergen and his wife, Mary took their daughter, Jayne for an adventure living among, and providing medical care to, the Yup’ik Eskimos of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. They spent five years on part of the Alaskan tundra never seen in the travelogs, returning to northern Maine where Dr. Bergen continues to practice.

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