New from Blue Point Books
In The Blind Doctor: The Jacob Bolotin Story, Rosalind Perlman tells the fascinating story of a remarkable man who was born blind to poor parents in Chicago in 1888. Rejecting the conventional wisdom of his time, he was determined to “be of use” in the world. He learned Braille and developed an uncanny sense of touch and hearing that would later make him one of the top heart and lung specialists in the city. To pay for his education, Jacob sold brushes, then typewriters, door-to-door. He fought his way into and through the Chicago College of Medicine, graduated with honors at twenty-four, and became the world's first totally blind physician fully licensed to practice medicine.
The voice of Dr. Jacob Bolotin was one of the first to raise the awareness of the world to the plight of the blind. His speeches about his own life and the need for treating people with disabilities as capable and productive citizens were in such demand he often gave four talks a day while working full time as a doctor and teaching at three medical colleges. He also started one of the first blind Boy Scout troops in the United States. When Dr. Bolotin died in 1924 at the age of thirty-six, five thousand people attended his funeral.
This inspiring biography is based on the memories of the author's husband, Alfred Perlman, who was the nephew of Dr. Bolotin's wife and lived with the Bolotins for several years when he was a boy.
LARGE TYPE Edition available
About the author, Rosalind Perlman
Just out - The Blind Doctor Audio Book
Dramatically read by actor Ed Giron, The Blind Doctor 7-CD audio book brings this fascinating and inspirational story vividly and unforgettably to life.
Braille Edition Available
A three-volume Braille edition has been expertly translated by the Kansas Braille Transcription Institute (KBTI) and is now available from Blue Point Books. The cost for all three volumes is only $29.95. For more information about the Kansas Braille Transciption Institute and their American Braille Flag project, go to www.kbti.org.
“The Blind Doctor is the moving and powerful story of a blind man who fought public ignorance and prejudice to become
one of the most respected physicians in Chicago. Everyone who reads Dr. Jacob Bolotin’s story will learn
that blindness is no barrier to a full life and great accomplishments.”
—Dr. Marc Maurer, President
National Federation of the Blind
"The Blind Doctor is easy reading - a straight, chronological telling of Jacob Bolotin's life, from his humble beginnings
as the youngest of seven children born to poor Jewish parents in Chicago in 1888, to his premature death at age 36.
The story of his hardscrabble life in between will keep you turning the pages.”
—Teresa Budasi, Book Editor
"Dr. Jacob Bolotin's inspiring life sets an example for all blind people. He believed in himself and found ways to overcome obstacles
at a time when the social, legal, and technological resources available to the blind today did not exist.
His story is a testament to the power of ingenuity and the will to succeed.”
—Dr. Joanne Wilson, Former Commissioner Rehabilitation Services Administration,
U.S. Department of Education
Founder and Director, Louisiana Center for the Blind
The proceeds from this book go the Alfred and Rosalind Perlman Trust at the Santa Barbara Foundation. This Trust funds an annual award, the Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award, which is given to the persons or organizations that have made a significant impact within the blind community. For more information, visit www.sbfoundation.org