The Wild Challenges of Being a Pioneer Doctor in the American Frontier

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Retired doctor Howard Adkins shares story of a young physician establishing his practice in the Wild West in new book

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In the title, the ‘dash’ reflects the meaning of the dash between Dr. Todd’s date of birth and date of death. It is a symbol of a life well-lived.

With legends like El Dorado, King Midas and Cibola, it comes as no surprise that a fascination with gold led many settlers to the American West in the mid-1800s. In the “Dash of Dr. Todd,” author and retired doctor Howard Adkins shares the fascinating life of Dr. Daniel Todd, a young doctor fresh out of medical school who heads west to find opportunity and success as a physician.

Dr. Todd encounters many trials and tribulations as he cares for the mining families in these uncharted territories, where a lack of medicine, instruments and knowledge make performing routine care extremely difficult. Through these challenges, Dr. Todd finds that his determination and will to succeed end up shaping his life in unforeseeable ways.

“In the title, the ‘dash’ reflects the meaning of the dash between Dr. Todd’s date of birth and date of death,” said Dr. Adkins. “It is a symbol of a life well-lived.”

Dr. Adkins, a retired ophthalmologist, was inspired to write “The Dash of Dr. Todd” by the life of his great-grandfather, Dr. Locke, a frontier doctor who spent most of his career in the Oregon and Idaho territories. While not much is known about Dr. Locke, Dr. Adkins crafted Daniel Todd’s story as a tribute to him and the difficult challenges that all frontier doctors must have encountered during this time in American history.

“Every ‘dash’ (or life) is a complex tapestry of events, emotions and actions,” said Dr. Adkins. “It was incredibly rewarding for me to uncover those details for Dr. Todd and see what they revealed about his life.”

For more information, visit the XLibris website.

“The Dash of Dr. Todd”
Written by Dr. Howard Adkins
ISBN: 978-1-45006-963-2
Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and XLibris

About the author
Howard E. Adkins, a graduate of Harvard Medical School, is a retired Ophthalmologist who lives in Boise, Idaho with his wife, Nettie. A fourth generation Idahoan, most of his writing has had either a western or an historical theme. A time period of particular interest to him has been the early Twentieth century.

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