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House Calls by Dogsled: Six Years in an Arctic Medical Outpost

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  35 ratings  ·  6 reviews
"People go north for a variety of reasons, some stay for a lifetime, while others can't wait to leave at the end of whatever term they have signed on for. The north tends to be either loved or hated with equal passion." These are the words of Keith Billington, who with his wife Muriel, arrived in the Northwest Territories outpost of Fort McPherson, 1,700 miles north of Edm ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published March 25th 2008 by Harbour Publishing
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Amy Rudolph
This is the memoir of Keith Bullington, who with his wife Muriel left England in the mid-1960s to staff a nursing outpost in Fort Mcpherson, 1700 miles north of Edmonton, in the Northwest Territories of Canada. Knowing nothing of this part of the world, I thought this would be an interesting window into a completely different lifestyle, culture, and climate. It was, although it was not enormously well-written. It is essentially a diary by an amateur writer, told in what seemed to me an anecdotal ...more
Keith and Muriel Billington are English trained nurses. In the 1960’s, they immigrated to Canada to work in the Canadian North. Their posting was Fort MaPherson on the Mackenzie Delta, a plane ride from Inuvik. Billington relates their experiences during the six years they worked in the medical station. They made many friends from both the native and white population. While living there, they learned how to drive a dog team, survive in the wilderness, and deal with medical emergencies. The reade ...more
I would like to give this book 3 1/2 stars. A young married couple newly graduated as RN's immigrate to Canada from England looking for adventure in Canada's north. They are assigned a nursing outpost station in a remote village in the North West Territories where they stay for six years. The author shares their expectations their rich experiences with the reader.
Trudy Jaskela
Billington and his wife, bth RN's spent 6 years in Fort McPherson, NWT, about 120 km south of Inuvik. Nearest was MD in Inuvik. Planne evacuation was possible if weahter permitted. The book is about living in the First nations community - the deliveries, clinics, injuries, dogsleding to see patients, extracting teeth, eating bannock and wild meats, appropriate dress for the extreme weather, etc. Easy to read, Interesting 6 years.
May 09, 2012 Ed rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Reader who want to go back in time to simpler days.
Recommended to Ed by: My daughter bought it at an author's reading
Keith does a splendid job in recounting his adventures in Fort McPherson, NWT. He and his wife, Muriel, served as community nurses in the 1960's, well before roads opened up this part of Canada.
The book is about people, mainly the Gwich'in, by also about the few whites who brought goods and services to this part of the world.
I recommend it as a good read in front of the fire with snow falling outside.
An interesting collection of stories. The writing wasn't great, and it didn't have very good flow, but the stories were enjoyable. The author described the scenes well so I could imagine being there. What an amazing experience!
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