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  • By Michelle McCarville
    Sep 5, 2009
    "American Doctor by Julian Smith" I am finding this is a great book, especially the first chapter about the immigration. The descriptions are the most graphic and detailed I have seen of the trip from Ireland to the USA by our ancestors. The author has written so well and clear, I felt (nearly) that I was a passenger on the Chaos; I must confess that at one point I was brought to weeping over the overall tragedy of the Irish immigration and the plight of the immigrants in getting to U.S. soil. I have also enjoyed the other chapters, and the details of the life and accomplishments of your Dr. McCarville. He obviously was, and is, a man of great vision, and enjoyed and reached many horizons. His love and regard for his fellow-man and the people he came in contact with, along with his other attributes, set him apart from most of us. I feel honored to be able to call Dr. Jack a relative.
  • By Honey Levin
    Aug 27, 2009
    "Endearing Irish Family Memories" "American Doctor" is at once intimate and comprehensive in scope. Not only do we learn about a unique and compassionate physician who survived many obstacles to reach his goal, but we are privy to a slice of Irish history that serves to acquaint us with the common struggles of the Irish immigration to America. We discover the ancestors of John McCarville--going back to 1848--who were faced with the excrutiating decision of remaining in an impoverished and tyrannical land or making a precarious voyage with the entire family to a new life. Fortunately for the author, who is the daughter of the "American Doctor," the latter was chosen. We are given a bird's-eye view of the harshness of sea travel at that time as well as the reality of life in Ireland under English rule. Once the immigrants landed in New York, many more tribulations lay ahead for the McCarville family. But their fortitude and religious convictions overcame... More > many of them.Throughout this journey, the author conveys a strong sense of pride in her family origins and also reveals their foibles which add to the authenticity of the saga. Jack McCarville is certainly an inherent part of early Arizona history. From the moment he left his native state of Iowa to settle in the little known Sonoran Desert, he made his mark in what is now known as "The Valley of The Sun." We are told of his struggling days in medical school, the time and energy it took to build a practice, the medical procedures that he took it upon himself to perfect and the eventual change in our country's healthcare system. Yet, Jack always seemed to have a quest for learning that went into such disparate fields as aviation and ballroom dancing. His love of life certainly is evident in his love for his family as well as for his fellow man. This biography by a very devoted daughter pays loving homage to a very special human being.< Less
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Product Details

ISBN
9780578008134
Edition
First
Publisher
Mary Michele McCarville
Published
April 8, 2009
Language
English
Pages
145
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
1.05 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.5 wide x 11 tall
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