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Memories of Jack Pickup Flying Doctor of British Columbia

by Marilyn Crosbie

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Dr. Harold Jackson "Jack" Pickup has achieved almost mythical status as "The Flying Doctor" since his death in 1992 (1996).

Comox Valley author Marilyn Crosbie, a former resident of Sointula, has painted a much more down-to-earth portrait of one of the foremost pioneers of medicine along the B.C. Coast in her book, Memories of Jack Pickup — Flying Doctor of British Columbia. Crosbie is not a professional author or researcher, but writes from the perspective of a newly arrived young patient whose children were delivered by the man she obviously came to know quite well over the ensuing decades. The book is not a factual biography of Pickup, but rather a memoir told from Crosbie's perspective — a conscious choice she describes in the introduction. Crosbie's approach leaves gaps in the historical record as it pertains to Pickup's life and career, but provides a rich and textured look back, through anecdotes and remembrances, on what life was like for North Islanders before they were connected to the rest of Vancouver Island by road and before each community had its own staffed hospital or clinic.
 
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