Robert Fortuine

Robert Fortuine
Professor Biomedical Program

Medical Degree, McGill University; MA, Harvard University

Robert Fortuine served with the US Public Health Service (USPHS) from 1961-1987. He came to Alaska first in 1963 and held positions at the USPHS Alaska Native Hospital in Kanakanak and Bethel, and the USPHS Alaska Native Medical Canter in Anchorage. Dr. Fortuine has also been active in national and Alaskan medical professional associations, as well as the American Society for Circompolar Health and the International Symposium for Circompolar Health. He also taught in the WWAMI program for many years.


 The Words of MedicineThe Words of Medicine

This book is the history of medical vocabulary presented in topical (rather than dictionary) form. It is written primarily for physicians, biomedical, and medical students. The purpose is not only to foster the more precise use of the language of medicine by doctors and biomedical scientists, but also to enhance their enjoyment of the vocabulary they use professionally on a daily basis. Readers will find that this book contains a wealth of knowledge and provides for some pleasurable reading.

Chills and Fever Chills and Fever: Health and Disease in the Early History of Alaska

Papers presented at the World Conference on Infancy as Prevention held in the summer of 1984, Athens, Greece. Thirty-seven contribution address prevention, intervention, parent-infant interaction, cognition and education, health and behavior, day care, the impaired child, adoption, and the family. Dr Fortuine provides an insightful review of early Alaskan history from a unique perspective--the health of its people. In particular, he addresses the ways in which the European and American settlement of Alaska affected the health and daily lives of Alaska Natives.

Must We All Die 'Must We All Die?' Alaska's Enduring Struggle with Tuberculosis

This book traces the story of tuberculosis in Alaska from prehistoric times to the end of the twentieth century. Dr Fortuine provides a comprehensive account of the disease itself, its impact on Alaskans, the different approaches to its treatment and control over the years, and the people who led the struggle. Special attention is given to the impact that tuberculosis has had on the Alaska Native people.

A Century of Adventure in Northern Health A Century of Adventure in Northern Health: The Public Health Service Commissioned Corps in Alaska 1879-1978

This book describes the work of the Commissioned Corps of the US Public Health Service in promoting and protecting the health of Alaskans over the span of a century. It deals not only with the agency's work in Native health, but also with its partnership with the Revenue-Cutter Service, the Coast Guard, in epidemic control, in World War II, and in health research in Alaska.