Dog-Team Doctor. By Eva Greenslit Anderson. 298 pp., 80. Caldwell, Idaho: The Caxton Printers, 1940.

The story is told of Dr. Joseph Herman Romig, who went to Bethel, Alaska, as a medical pioneer in 1896, and opened the first doctor’s office and hospital west of Sitka. At that time there was only a handful of whites in the region and for years, Romig and his wife, a trained nurse, were virtually alone in administering to the needs of inhabitants of southwestern Alaska. Their first hospital was one room in a log annex with two homemade beds, a long way from the $500,000 hospital at Anchorage, which was built before his retirement in 1939. Dr. Romig has had an eventful and important part in the growth of Alaska. He has been a missionary, physician, superintendent of schools, United States Commissioner, Mayor of Anchorage, railway surgeon and chief of the railroad hospital staff. The book is written in the narrative style and is recommended for the section on biography.

Anyone have a copy who could check on references to the 1919 pandemic?


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