DR. QUINN Medicine Woman, was a celebrated and award winning series. Michela Quinn was the daughter of a wealthy Boston family. Female doctors were frowned upon and rejected by society at the time. Following in the footsteps of her doctor father, this did not stop Miss Quinn from pursuing her dream of becoming a doctor. Denied admission by medical schools, with tenacity and ambition, she searched and finally found a woman’s medical college. Upon graduation, she joined her father’s practice. After his death, with a deep sense of the social welfare of the times, she traveled west and found a town in Colorado, which had not yet been admitted to the union, in need of a doctor. At first rejected by the town’s people, she eventually found favor and became its leading citizen. From epidemics, to hernias, Alzheimer’s disease, alcoholism, cancers, and sickle cell anemia, Dr. Quinn performed the Hippocratic oath with skill and compassion.
The cast, complimented by leading lady Jane Seymour, seemed to be made just for this excellent show. Character studies, and their portrayals by seasoned actors, were performed with depth and precision, with special attention paid to the lifestyles of the people of the 19th century that the series represented. The issues and subject matters were covered with objectivity and fairness. In addition to matters of medicine, the plight of Native Americans and their conflicts with the military, the abolishment of slavery, the hegemony of the white settlers, make for interesting and inspiring story lines.
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