I was delighted when publisher Cathy Feldman telephoned to tell me about Blue Point Books’ latest release, The Blind Doctor: The Jacob Bolotin Story. I was even more pleased when she offered to send me a complimentary copy. I was looking for a good read for the weekend, and the excitement in Cathy’s voice made the book seem irresistible.
The Blind Doctor tells the remarkable story of the man believed to be the world’s first totally blind physician fully licensed to practice medicine. Born to poor parents in Chicago in 1888, he worked as a door-to-door salesman to pay for his medical school tuition. He graduated with honors from the Chicago College of Medicine and became one of the top heart and lung specialists in the city.
Dr. Bolotin, a contemporary of Helen Keller, was among the first to raise public awareness that blindness need not deprive a person of a full and rewarding life.
For more information about The Blind Doctor, visit www.bluepointbooks.com
The Blind Doctor: The Jacob Bolotin Story by Rosalind Perlman, copyright 2007, is published by Blue Point Books, Santa Barbara, California
ISBN-13: 978-1-8834213-1, 256 pages, $19.95
Large Type Edition: ISBN-13: 978-1-8834214-8, 416 pages, $24.95
Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic is taping a cassette edition. The US Library of Congress, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, is preparing a braille edition.