The Scalpel and the Silver Bear: The First Navajo Woman Surgeon Combines Western Medicine and Traditional Healing

The Scalpel and the Silver Bear The First Navajo Woman Surgeon Combines Western Medicine and Traditional Healing The first Navajo woman surgeon combines western medicine and traditional healing A spellbinding journey between two worlds this remarkable book describes surgeon Lori Arviso Alvord s struggles to bri

  • Title: The Scalpel and the Silver Bear: The First Navajo Woman Surgeon Combines Western Medicine and Traditional Healing
  • Author: Lori Arviso Alvord Elizabeth Cohen Van Pelt
  • ISBN: 9780553378009
  • Page: 287
  • Format: Paperback
  • The first Navajo woman surgeon combines western medicine and traditional healing.A spellbinding journey between two worlds, this remarkable book describes surgeon Lori Arviso Alvord s struggles to bring modern medicine to the Navajo reservation in Gallup, New Mexico and to bring the values of her people to a medical care system in danger of losing its heart.Dr Alvord leftThe first Navajo woman surgeon combines western medicine and traditional healing.A spellbinding journey between two worlds, this remarkable book describes surgeon Lori Arviso Alvord s struggles to bring modern medicine to the Navajo reservation in Gallup, New Mexico and to bring the values of her people to a medical care system in danger of losing its heart.Dr Alvord left a dusty reservation in New Mexico for Stanford University Medical School, becoming the first Navajo woman surgeon Rising above the odds presented by her own culture and the male dominated world of surgeons, she returned to the reservation to find a new challenge In dramatic encounters, Dr Alvord witnessed the power of belief to influence health, for good or for ill She came to merge the latest breakthroughs of medical science with the ancient tribal paths to recovery and wellness, following the Navajo philosophy of a balanced and harmonious life, called Walking in Beauty And now, in bringing these principles to the world of medicine, The Scalpel and the Silver Bear joins those few rare works, such as Healing and the Mind, whose ideas have changed medical practices and our understanding of the world.

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    1. It is always fun to read a book in which you find the names of people you have known in the past. In this book appear Alan Waxman MD an OB-GYN with whom I worked at the Alaska Native Medical Center in 1979, and Brooke Medicine Eagle with whom I did a vision quest in Montana. They each only get a sentence , but it was a pleasant surprise. The Beauty Way is the pathway Navajos seek to walk in life. This is a life in harmony with family, community, and nature. If a person disrupts this harmony then [...]

    2. Loved this concept: "Navajo people have a concept called [Walking in Beauty], but it isn't the beauty that most people think of. Beauty to Navajos means living in balance and harmony with yourself and the world. It means caring for yourself--mind, body, and spirit--and having the right relationships with your family, community, the animal world, the environment--earth, air, and water--our planet and universe. If a person respects and honors all these relationships, then they will be Walking in B [...]

    3. I really enjoyed this non-fiction account of the life journey of the first female Navajo surgeon. It is short and simply written. This book reminds us all of some of the problems in medicine, and how all the technology in the world is useless without harmony and balance in the patient's life. Lori Arviso Alvord does such a nice job of explaining how she brought these two worlds together for the benefit of her patients. It's a lessen everyone in the healthcare industry would do well to study.

    4. This book was an assigned reading in my medical anthropology class, a subject in which I have a great deal of personal interest. Combine that with having lived in the American Southwest, particularly in New Mexico, and I found this book an interesting read. The author does an excellent job at weaving stories of the traditional medical practices of her Navajo culture in with her profession as a biomedical physician and demonstrates how important cultural context is in the framework of disease, il [...]

    5. This was a really good book! I started reading it because it was on a reading list published by my Career Tech Student Organization for a competition. This is a very fast reading book about a young Navajo woman named Lori who becomes a surgeon. This was a pretty big deal because typically the medical field does not recognize the cultures, customs, and ceremonies of the Navajo. Add to that, Lori is female. She overcomes many obstacles, becoming accepted at Dartmouth, and then becoming a respected [...]

    6. I appreciated this book and admire Lori Alvord for the work that she continues to do. I believe that her wisdom .e Native American waysly to all of us. We need to treat our body, mind, and spirit to be well.

    7. 3.5*I discovered this book after having watched "Medicine Woman" on PBS, the story of the first Native American female physician and her continuing impact on Native women physicians and health care administrators. The documentary was so enlightening that I sought out the memoir written by one of the contemporary physicians featured in the film. Lori Arviso Alvord, M.D. is that woman and this is her story. Dr. Alvord is a fascinating character whose story seems in many ways miraculous. She was ed [...]

    8. While it's no surprise that Native Americans continue to struggle, the focus on women specifically was eye-opening. While Alvord may (not quite sure on that) have been given an opening into higher education due to her demographic, she certainly deserved it. Her approach to medicine is contrary to our current culture, and very refreshing. Great choice for book club discussions.

    9. Excellent read. Fascinating to see how Alvord was successful in making a career in western medicine whilst still keeping her Native American cultural beliefs. Awesome to see her take advantage of minority opportunity and truly succeed.

    10. I liked the focus on a more holistic approach to health care, but the book was fragmented and lacked depth.

    11. I first read this book while on vacation after picking it up in a hotel gift shop. (My husband and I were driving through the reservation lands of the Navajo Nation in Arizona and New Mexico, lands of stark and arresting beauty, and sometimes, stark and arresting poverty.) I recently re-read it when it was chosen as one of our book club choices, and I liked it very much all over again.The book is a memoir of growing up surrounded by Navajo lands and culture, of leaving those lands for the opport [...]

    12. This was a nice light read. I picked it up more out of interest in the Navajo perspective than from interest in the medical or health care professions, so I think in many repsects the main thrust of the book went by me In some ways I had a more personal experience of this book than many readers will probably have. I grew up quite close to Dartmouth College, and in fact was in high school about five miles away during the four year period she was an undergraduate at Dartmouth. I found it interesti [...]

    13. I read this book per the recommendation of Travis Roberts and Matt Kretizer. I like the approach it took to healing as I could relate this to my personal life and having a boyfriend who had a terrible car accident in November 2014. He had a very straightforward and clinical approach to his healing at the hospital he woke up in after a two-week coma. He says at the end of a miserable day of being tied down to a chair in his room with chaos all around, all he wanted was for someone to say "Hi, how [...]

    14. Dr. Lori Arviso describes what it’s like to be living on the edge of two cultures. She’s attempting to explain and reconcile the American ways with the Diné (Navajo) people using her medium: medicine. Interesting, good details.She entitled her second chapter, "Walking the Path Between Worlds," from a Navajo Origin Story: So the People who started from the world below came up to this White World, and they have gone in all different directions. They were made here in the center of the earth a [...]

    15. The first Navajo woman surgeon chronicles her journey from a reservation in New Mexico to university and medical school. Her sense of isolation and "difference" during her training is strong, making the road more difficult, but her beliefs and upbringing enrich her practice, especially with Native patients. The Navajo respect for balance in one's life, "walking in beauty", a concept almost absent from the dominant culture, is found to make surgery and recovery smoother with fewer complications. [...]

    16. An interesting read and worth the while. It's a good look at what it feels like to be torn between two worlds-any two worlds. There is a lot of Navajo tradition we can see.There are some unfortunate overgeneralizations about both cultures (Native and Western) and there are some errors about what Western medicine has and has not known in terms of the power to name a disease and the effects of music.However, this is a personal narrative, how this woman sees the world, and that specificity has valu [...]

    17. This memoir of a female Navajo surgeon published in 1999 should be on a reading list for all doctors and those who serve others. The author, many times in quite personal ways, shares her struggle with finding balance between the world of fixing disease and world of the whole person, community and environment. By the last chapter she ties it all together by expressing her philosophy about treating patients in the total milieu of their lives rather than in curing diseased body parts.Here is a link [...]

    18. Any stars are for the unusual history and story put in this book. It is ghostwritten and the writing is fairly bland and feels like a "contracted out" written story (I guess I mean there's no unique voice), as are the insights, and the "between two worlds" trope has certainly been done better. That said, it's an interesting piece of local story. For one interested in any of the local things (Navajo culture, surgery, New Mexico, going to college/med school) it might be worth a quick read. But it' [...]

    19. A wonderful memoir of one woman's journey to becoming a surgeon from the Navajo reservation. I had the privledge of meeting the author in medical school and she is a remarkable speaker, both in person and via the written word. A very interesting description of her training and incorporation of her native cultural traditions with that of modern-day science. She has an easy-going writing style that allows the audience to become a part of her world (both the Navejo and the medical) with ease, even [...]

    20. Dr. Alvord tells a beautiful story about her growth in Navajo culture and the influence it had on her medical education and practice. The story was inspiring and I am glad she wrote it down to share.Her ability to draw connection between Navajo philosophy and Western Medicine is incredible. Dr. Alvord is able to clearly explain complex Navajo beliefs and further apply them in medical scenarios. I came away from this novel with a clearer understanding of what it means to be Navajo and a physician [...]

    21. As I expected, this was a book on an interesting topic written by someone whose first skill isn't exactly writing, which makes for difficult reading. So much seemed to be left out, for example all of the author's college years (which sound like they were emotionally very challenging) are glossed over in a few pages. Why? Too much in some places and not enough in others. An interesting perspective on an interesting topic, but I think there are better books written on this or similar subjects.

    22. I wondered how this would fit into my course on Foundations of Educational Research, but the author's experience of navigating mainstream and Navajo society is certainly applicable. For example, learning about some of her beliefs as a Navajo, such as the taboo against touching the dead (a major dilemma when she had to do dissections in medical school) reminded me that my students and their families will likely hold beliefs I haven't anticipated but must consider. The ghostwriter didn't elevate t [...]

    23. It seemed to start out a little slow, but then got better as it went on. Interesting Navajo beliefs and some of the stories she told made you want to read on. Would like to know how she's doing now and what she's up to, since this book was written 10 years ago. Would never have chosen this book on my own. Some of the medical terminology in the beginning was a bit much but like I said, it did get better as the book progressed.

    24. I love this story I didn't think I would like it because I had to read it for school and its not the kind of book that I like but once I started reading and more of the story came into play I got lost in Lori's stories and everything that she has been through. I just kept thinking when reading this was "I wish I was born a Native American it would be wonderful to be part of a big group like that."

    25. The first Navajo woman surgeon tells her story about reconciling her Western medicine practice with her traditional Navajo beliefs. This book provides valuable insight into the Navajo culture, particularly for those who provide healthcare services, as it aids in understanding and interacting successfully with Navajo clients. It does contain some medical jargon, but I think overall it is written in an interesting narrative format that any adult can follow and may enjoy.

    26. This book is the story of a Native American woman and her experiences with our health care system. Obviously the ethnic minority thing doesn't apply, but as far as accounts of what its like to be a young female doctor in residency this is one of the best. It is a good story and there is not a lot of technical medical stuff so "the layperson" will definately enjoy it. I have recommended this book to people who have a hard time understanding what the life of a doctor is all about.

    27. My cousin a research nurse read this book on a camping trip two years ago. She was smitten with the story of Lori's lifed now I am as well. In particular, the Navajo songs that celebrate beauty or the balance of life. I recommend this book for anyone who is intrested in the combination of Western and Traditional Healing.

    28. Read this for a sociology class at Dartmouth about 10 years ago and found it interesting. But having re-read it now that I live in Gallup and work at GIMC (the hospital where the author works) and Crownpoint (the reservation town where the author grew up) I found it fascinating. Easy read, very worthwhile.

    29. This is one of the best philosophical/spiritual books I've read. It explains Alvord's struggle to balance two heritages in a world where one is shunned. Also, it show without a doubt the interconnectedness of the mind (spirit) and body. It's wonderful to see a doctor acknowledge the necessity of a strong spiritual life in healing.

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