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Doctor among the Oglala Sioux Tribe : the letters of Robert H. Ruby, 1953-1954 /
Robert H. Ruby ; edited and with an introduction by Cary C. Collins and Charles V. Mutschler.
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2010.
lxx, 366 p. : ill.
080322625X (cloth : alk. paper), 9780803226258 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2010.
080322625X (cloth : alk. paper)
9780803226258 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
Introduction: The deadliest war -- Timeline of selected events in the life of Robert H. Ruby, MD -- August 1953 -- September 1953 -- October 1953 -- November 1953 -- December 1953 -- January 1954 -- February 1954 -- March 1954 -- April 1954 -- May 1954 -- June 1954 -- July 1954 -- August 1954 -- September 1954 -- October 1954 -- November 1954 -- December 1954 -- Editors' postscript -- Appendix.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [345]-349) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2011-02-01:
In August 1953, Dr. Robert H. Ruby, MD, arrived at Pine Ridge Reservation in western South Dakota to begin a year as medical officer in charge of the Indian Health Service (HIS) unit serving the reservation. As soon as he arrived, Ruby began writing lengthy, descriptive, candid letters to his sister in Washington State. These letters provide a unique glimpse into life at Pine Ridge as well as insights into the daily workings of the IHS. Their value comes from Ruby's intense involvement in reservation life. He not only visited homes and schools, he attended ceremonies and government meetings. He names people (the editors changed names or information that could be embarrassing) and records their words. Some of Ruby's experiences were published in his The Oglala Sioux: Warriors in Transition (1955, reprinted 2010), but the details of life have not been presented from the perspective of a participant-observer. Scholars of Native American history and culture will find details that flesh out knowledge of mid-20th-century Oglala life. Students with little knowledge of reservation life will not appreciate the frank descriptions of personalities and behaviors. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. M. J. Schneider emerita, University of North Dakota
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"These letters provide a unique glimpse into life at Pine Ridge as well as insights into the daily workings of the IHS."M.J. Schneider, CHOICE
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Main Description
In 1953 young surgeon Robert H. Ruby began work as the chief medical officer at the hospital on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He began writing almost daily to his sister, describing the Oglala Lakota people he served, his Bureau of Indian Affairs colleagues, and day-to-day life on the reservation. Ruby and his wife were active in the social life of the non-white community, which allowed Ruby, also a self-trained ethnographer, to write in detail about the Oglala Lakota people and their culture, covering topics such as religion, art, traditions, and values. His frank and personal depiction of conditions he encountered on the reservation examines poverty, alcoholism, the educational system, and employment conditions and opportunities. Ruby also wrote critically of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, describing the bureaucracy that made it difficult for him to do his job and kept his hospital permanently understaffed and undersupplied. These engaging letters provide a compelling memoir of life at Pine Ridge in the mid-1950s.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. vi
List of Mapsp. vii
List of Figuresp. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: The Deadliest Warp. xi
Timeline of Selected Events in the Life ofp. lxv
Editors' Comment on Editorial Methodologyp. lxix
August 1953p. 1
September 1953p. 22
October 1953p. 35
November 1953p. 49
December 1953p. 67
January 1954p. 78
February 1954p. 100
March 1954p. 132
April 1954p. 154
May 1954p. 174
June 1954p. 204
July 1954p. 220
August 1954p. 243
September 1954p. 274
October 1954p. 300
November 1954p. 313
December 1954p. 320
Editors' Postscriptp. 324
Appendixp. 327
Notesp. 329
Bibliographyp. 345
Indexp. 351
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