Can a country doctor alter the fate of his patients? Or his own fate?
In mid October 1918 the largest epidemic of the 2oth Century struck in a small eastern Montana town. Within a few weeks influenza had killed dozens of people in the rural county. But this was just one of a series of extrodinary events attacking the social fabric of the community in 1917 and 1918.
Rich in detail, broad in scope, this story places a fictional physician in the midst of the riveting events of those years. The physician grieves the death of his wife and unborn child. He is deeply troubled by the limitations of medical science. Then he is tragically enveloped by yet another epidemic.
What is the fate of this country doctor?
Steven Helgerson was born in Washington. He received degrees from the University of Puget Sound and the University of Washington. His medical specialty is preventive medicine. During a forty-year career in public health he worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Indian Health Service as well as several state and local health departments. From 2006 to 2015 he served as the Montana State Medical Officer. He lives in Seattle.