The Dreamer and the Doctor: A Forest Lover and a Physician on the Edge of the Frontier

The Dreamer and the Doctor: A Forest Lover and a Physician on the Edge of the Frontier

by Jack Nisbet


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In the turn-of-the-twentieth-century Northwest, the lives and passions of an American physician and her Swedish naturalist husband helped shape a territory on the cusp of change—from the author of Sources of the River and The Collector.

Dr. Carrie Leiberg, a pioneer physician, fought hard for public health while nurturing both a troubled son and a fruit orchard. Her husband, John Leiberg, was a Swedish immigrant and self-taught naturalist who transformed himself from pickax Idaho prospector to special field agent for the US Forest Commission and warned Washington DC of ecological devastation of public lands. The Leiberg story opens a window into the human and natural landscape of a century past that reflects all the thorny issues of our present time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632173423
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
Publication date: 03/18/2020
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 619,460
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

JACK NISBET is a historian, teacher, and author focusing on the intersection of human history and natural history in the Pacific Northwest. His books include Sources of the River (recipient of the Washington Governor's Award and winner of the Murray Morgan Prize from the Washington State Historical Society), The Mapmaker's Eye (named one of The Best Nonfiction Books of the Year by The Seattle Times)The Collector (a Pacific Northwest Book Award winner) and Visible Bones. He lives in Spokane, Washington.

Table of Contents

Author's Note ix

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 First Ride 1

Chapter 2 The Lake 15

Chapter 3 Family Practice 35

Chapter 4 Crossing the Columbia Plateau 57

Chapter 5 Tracks 81

Chapter 6 High Lava Plains 93

Chapter 7 The Coeur d'Alenes 111

Chapter 8 Basin and Range 133

Chapter 9 Solitaire 151

Chapter 10 From the Priest to the Bitterroot 167

Chapter 11 Further 187

Chapter 12 Silver Against Gold 203

Chapter 13 The World Awaits 217

Chapter 14 The Doctor Calls 237

Acknowledgments 255

Chapter Notes 257

Selected Bibliography 276

Index 287

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