Dahl makes funny observations about the macho ringside crowd ... Dahl reveals that she worked her last match a decade ago, that she runs her own practice, that she rearranged the chronology of some fights, changed many names, and omitted her daughter from the story. Still, though it lacks a knockout punch, this is one fascinating tale.
Linda D. Dahl, one of boxing’s few female fight doctors, delivers a book whose perspective can safely be labeled 'distinct' ... In examining the classic fight to survive with a lens that feels paradoxically universal and unique, Dahl has written a memoir with enough fisticuffs for the fight fan, enough medicine for the scalpel supplicant and enough human drama for anyone who has ever felt alienated ... Dahl’s punchy prose maintains two feet squarely on the ground, plugging away at the challenges she faced in the male-dominated worlds of medicine and boxing ... In atavistic victory or poleaxed defeat, Dahl views her powerful reflection in a blood-sprayed mirror.
... the book that had me enthralled on my back porch swing is Tooth and Nail: The Making of a Female Fight Doctor written by Linda D. Dahl, an otolaryngologist, who became a female fight doctor ... In other words, this book got a three star review from me, because despite being a wonderful memoir, there were a couple issues I just couldn’t get over. I would recommend this book to boxing fans, or fans of medical memoirs, but aside from that this is definitely a one-time read for me.