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South Pole Doctor Gets Book Deal

24 March 2000 7:00 pm
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Jerri Nielsen, the physician who last year discovered she had breast cancer while overwintering at the South Pole with a team from the National Science Foundation, is preparing to break a long silence about her chilling experience.

After Nielsen found a lump in her breast in mid-June, the Air Force made a dramatic emergency mission to drop diagnostic supplies so she could treat herself while waiting almost 4 months for the antarctic spring to allow her to be evacuated (ScienceNOW, 8 July and 6 October 1999). The story played big in the media, including a cover story in People magazine, despite Nielsen's wish to remain anonymous. Now the doctor, who has kept mum about her condition, plans to tell all--in a book, as yet untitled, to appear next fall.

It may not rank with the classic antarctic adventures, but Talk Miramax Books president Jonathan Burnham promises "an enthralling and deeply inspiring narrative of survival." Enthralling to aspiring authors, at any rate--according to Variety magazine, the company paid in the high six figures for book, magazine, and movie rights.

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