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Thomas J. Sims, M.D. is a writer and actor who studied Zoology and Creative Writing at UCLA before attending medical school at Creighton University. After leaving Alaska, he began a private medical practice and began to write and act. He now runs a medical consultation practice and the website He lives in Bend, Oregon.


"A lively and touching debut. Sims' writing moves at a rapid-pace, in step with the life-and-death tales he recounts, slowing down only to focus on such moving occasions as the birth of a three-pound baby and the painful death of a hospital colleague. Sims has delivered a captivating account of practicing medicine in the furthest reaches of the U.S." -- Publishers Weekly
"The best parts of the memoir are, without doubt, the fast-paced accounts of some of the doctor's medical cases and situations, [which are] fascinating and often harrowing. It's apparent that Sims's time in Nome made a great impression on him." -- The Anchorage Daily News

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