Alaska doctor overcame sexism for adventure and tough cases
Dr. Nancy Sydnam had to postpone her flying lessons while she was pregnant because her enlarged uterus wouldn’t let her pull the stick back all the way in a Super Cub, but being seven months along didn’t stop her from duck hunting alone with her retriever.
Sydnam was born brave and cheerful. A society prejudiced against women couldn’t stop her from becoming a doctor and getting busy delivering babies in Anchorage in the 1950s. And the worries of old age didn’t stop her from becoming the only doctor in the Aleutian Islands, where she fixed injured fishermen until she was 81 years old, in... read more
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