Courage in a White Coat

Courage in a White Coat


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Prison camp, starvation, execution...all threaten her little family.

A true wartime drama based on the experience of Dorothy Joy Kinney Chambers M.D. and her family.

This sweeping biographical novel brings to life the dramatic experience of a valiant woman who, armed only with the white coat of her profession, found the courage to live her life on the razor's edge and survived it. It's a captivating story of service and sacrifice, of love and the searing emotions that gripped this missionary doctor throughout her imperiled course.

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"A lovely story of an extraordinary woman! The use of contemporary sources adds authenticity to an ordeal that could be overwhelming in its grimness were it not described so vividly and poetically." -Dorey Schmidt, Ph.D.
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Dorothy Kinney had found herself in remote India in 1928, a medical missionary charged with building up a hospital for the women and children of Assam. The fledgling doctor began her practice in Gauhati, where her surgeries were performed by the light of a kerosene lamp in an open-air clinic with no electricity, no running water, and no sewer system. She left it ten years later a fully functioning modern hospital, with running water, electricity, and the complete devotion of the people of Assam.

It was there she fell in love.

Pregnant with their second child, Dorothy, her missionary husband Fred Chambers, and their daughter Carol Joy, set out on a voyage that would take them to their new missionary post in Iloilo, on the Philippine island of Panay. One day later War was declared in Europe.

She could not know that by the time her unborn baby turned eighteen months old her little family would be swept into a Japanese internment camp. With four thousand other prisoners of war she struggled to feed her little family in the prison at Santo Tomas, a place where hundreds died and most suffered starvation, until General MacArthur and his Flying column swept in with their daring raid to liberate the camp.

Many remember Dorothy Chambers in her white coat of courage, doctoring the children of the camp, never knowing that her little family would come within just twenty-four hours of execution.

This is her story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781719542654
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/22/2018
Pages: 514
Sales rank: 372,732
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.03(d)

About the Author

Granddaughter of a concert violinist, MARY POTTER SCHWANER began her musical career in elementary school with the family string quartet, but gave up the violin to study opera at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She devoted much time in her early career to performing, directing and promoting musical endeavors throughout Alabama, California and Nebraska. She was Founder/Artistic Director of the Young People's Pocket Opera in Alabama. A move to California resulted in four years as Founder/Artistic Director of the Lake Forest Showboaters, a community music theatre company.
In Mary's "other life" she was a computer tech support and graphic arts specialist and worked as Web Developer for the Nebraska Legislature, HDR Architecture and Engineering, for The National Arbor Day Foundation, and as Director of Web and Media Arts for St. Mark's United Methodist Church.
In her retirement she is a published author, writing novels of historical suspense under the name Bailey Bristol. Courage in a White Coat is her first biographical novel.
She lives in Nebraska with her husband of nearly five decades and joins him in doting on her grandchildren who, along with their parents-Ryan and Melissa and their spouses-are her dearest treasure.
Mary's enduring motto remains:
"May you have the vision and the voice to find new songs to sing."

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Courage in a White Coat 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Courage in a White Coat by Mary Schwaner This tale of courage under duress is timeless and filled with insight into the life of a woman who dedicated herself to making the lives of others better. With her hands, mind, creativity, love and talent she gave, healed and loved without giving up her dignity. I found this book fascinating. Why? Because though this story took place eight decades ago it is still relevant. There is history, love, romance, family, war, oppression, derring-do and so much more that is relevant and educational in this day and age. The writing flows and sweeps the reader up into the time and place of Dorothy Kinney as she is working as a physician in a women’s hospital in India. It speaks of her cases, her life, her challenges and also gives a glimpse into her life in the 1930’s in a place that was a whole lot different than you or I have ever experienced. Dorothy deals with much both physically and emotionally and always trusts that her future will unfold as it is meant to. She is happy that it eventually leads her to meet Fred, marry and have a family. Her life takes her from India to the Philippines where she continues to work as a physician during peace and later as a prisoner of war. Her strength is immeasurable and amazing and her story one that I believe others will definitely enjoy reading. NOTE: As a child I heard mission stories every week at church. I waited eagerly to hear them even contemplating becoming a missionary at times. That is not the path my life took and religion does not play the same part in my life it once did. Even though this is a story of a missionary who trusts in God it is also the story of a woman that all will admire…no matter their belief or lack thereof. Thank you to NetGalley and Victory Editing NetGalley Co-Op for the ARC – This is my honest Review. 5 Stars