McIntyre, Vonda N.
|Keywords||Alternative Medicine, Art of Medicine, Caregivers, Euthanasia, Physician Experience, Professionalism, Psycho-social Medicine, Science Fiction, Sexual Abuse, Suicide, Survival, Women in Medicine|
The initial chapter in this novel, Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand (annotated separately), sets the stage for the quest of the young healer/heroine, "Snake," to find a replacement for the snake she had carelessly allowed to come to harm, in the course of caring for a seriously ill child. The remainder of this coming-of-age novel chronicles Snake's journey during her "proving year" (aka/residency training).
Over the course of this year, Snake continues to minister to the sick and encounters, among others, a patient who demands assistance in suicide, a patient who refuses treatment for a gangrenous leg, and a young girl who has been sexually abused (whom Snake eventually adopts and begins to apprentice). There are, as well, myriad lessons in humility, rigidity of thought, and ethnocentrism.
|Commentary||See annotation for Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand. Dreamsnake won a Nebula (Science Fiction) Award.|
|Annotated by||Kohn, Martin|
|Date of Entry||12/30/96|