About the Book
The story undertaken here is that of the rise
of Michaela Quinn to become one of the foremost physicians of her time.
A pupil, protégé, then colleague of some of the most towering
figures in American medicine. She became an authority in the West in her
specialty; one women doctors are reluctant to train in even now. For a
while her medical library was the most comprehensive in the state. A legend
for her diagnoses, it was said of her, “if Dr. Mike can’t cure you, you
are probably dead.” Medical shows are back on TV and enjoying top ratings,
but much of the medicine of the “Medicine Woman” may not be suitable for
general family viewing. Nevertheless this part of the story should be told.
Michaela Quinn arrived in Colorado in the early
Fall of 1867. She met Sully shortly after reaching the town where she ultimately
opened her practice. Their mutual attraction began almost at once. Although
he was a simple mountain man he was thoughtful and considerate. Though
proficient with both tomahawk and axe he did not carry a gun appealing
to her Quaker inclinations. He was handsome appealing to her sexual longings.
For his part he saw in her a beautiful woman to replace his dead wife and
perhaps his sick friend but overridingly, he saw in Michaela a window on
to a wider world, one in which he felt unable to function without her help.
About the Author
Dr. Rich, a retired dentist, librarian and medical historian has created
a biography of Michaela Quinn, written as if she were a real historical
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