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The Scalpel and the Silver Bear Study Questions & Topics for Discussion

Lori Alvord
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Topics for Discussion

What are Dr. Alvord's two worlds? How are they different? How does Alvord integrate them?

How did college and medical school alienate Alvord from her Navajo roots? How did she recover them?

What is Alvord's conception of Navajo philosophy? How does it relate to her ideal of medical practice?

How did Alvord become a better doctor throughout the book, particularly with respect to her Navajo patients? Describe some actions she took.

Discuss two of Alvord's Navajo patients and explain what they taught her about Navajo culture and about being a good doctor.

Explain Alvord's relationship with medicine men and women and what led her to see Thomas Hataathlii.

Compare and contrast Alvord's experience at Dartmouth as a college student and as a professional surgeon and teacher.

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