Tooth and Nail: The Making of a Female Fight Doctor Audiobook, by Linda D. Dahl Play Audiobook Sample

Tooth and Nail: The Making of a Female Fight Doctor Audiobook

Tooth and Nail: The Making of a Female Fight Doctor Audiobook, by Linda D. Dahl Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Julia Whelan Publisher: Harlequin Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.63 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: July 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781488204913

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Longest Chapter Length:

38:58 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

15 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

24:14 minutes

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Publisher Description

Fresh out of medical school, Linda Dahl began her surgical residency in the Bronx as a total fish out of water. Growing up in a Middle Eastern family in the American Midwest, she was a born outsider, and in her new community in New York, she felt even more isolated. Even at work she struggled to fit in: among her fellow specialists, she was one of the only women.

One night, at her husband’s urging, Dahl watched a boxing match between Shane Mosley and Oscar De La Hoya. Seeing Mosley survive against the odds gave Dahl hope that she, too, could find her footing. As her fandom grew, boxing became a way to connect with her patients and community. Later, when she was in practice on the Upper East Side, Dahl received a phone call from the New York State Athletic Commission. They were looking for a fight doctor. Dahl accepted.

Tooth and Nail chronicles the years Dahl spent as an ear, nose and throat surgeon by day and a ringside physician by night. Intrepid, adrenaline-fueled and loaded with behind-the-scenes takes on famous boxers, including Mike Tyson, Wladimir Klitschko and Miguel Cotto, Dahl’s story offers a modern examination of sexism, dislocation, the theater of boxing and a road map for how to excel in two very different male-dominated worlds.

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“It’s strange: I hate boxing but I love this book. Dahl’s tale of identity, femininity and power shines brightly as proof that inspiration and mentorship can spring from the unlikeliest of sources. I rooted for her every step along the way and, at the end, had to applaud her for pioneering a genre of memoir that I can only describe as ‘grit-glam.’”

— Katrina Firlik, MD, author of Another Day in the Frontal Lobe 


  • “A ringside seat…Linda Dahl is one of those rare writers who, like the fighters she cares for, has strength and style, grit and grace.”

    — Judy Melinek, MD, New York Times bestselling author
  • “Dahl offers a unique look at the world of boxing in this uplifting story about realizing one’s destiny.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “A solid choice for enthusiasts of boxing or medicine; especially illuminating are the unfortunate reflections on sexual harassment inherent in both fields.”

    — Library Journal
  • “[A] smart, funny, poignant account.”

    — Jeffrey Kluger, author of Apollo 13

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About Linda D. Dahl

Linda D. Dahl is an otolaryngologist in private practice in Manhattan. A native Midwesterner, Dahl received her MD from the University of Minnesota Medical School. She is the author of Clinician’s Guide to Breastfeeding: Evidence-Based Evaluation and Management.

About Julia Whelan

Julia Whelan is a novelist, screenwriter, lifelong actor, and multiple award-winning audiobook narrator. She graduated with a degree in English and creative writing from Middlebury College and Oxford University. She is a former child actor who has appeared in multiple films and television shows.