Book: The Scalpel and the Silver Bear
Requirements: 6 pages ( double spaced) PLUS a bibliography. Times new Roman font, Size 12.
Instructions: Elaborate and essay that includes all of the issues written below
Sections to be included:
1. Introduction: Write a paragraph that gives an overview of the book
2. Body of the paper: Analyze all of the issues below
What was Alvord’s world like growing-up in the Navajo reservation given that she was of
mixed background? How did she integrate her two worlds as she was growing -up?
In a paragraph explain the Navajo culture as experienced by a growing-up Alvord, and
emphasize 3 cultural characteristics by explaining them in more detail.
Alvord left the reservation to go to medical school, how did her Navajo background show-up
in medical school? In what ways did she change as a medical student?
Once back in the reservation, Alvord realized that she had become culturally uprooted from
the Navajo culture, explain in what ways she had to change once more to readjust to the
Navajo reservation as a doctor.
Explain the Navajo ideas of illness, health, and curing, and contrast these with what Alvord’s
conception of Navajo philosophy was. How do these views relate to her ideal of medical
Discuss two of Alvord’s Navajo patients and explain what they taught her about Navajo
culture and about being a good doctor. Finally, explain Alvord’s relationship with medicine
men and women and what led her to see Thomas Hataathlii.
3. Conclusions: Write a conclusion to the paper, and here also write your point of
4. Bibliography: Include all of the works cited (use the format that you are
accustomed to using in your field of study)
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