The author of the new book, Or Perish in the Attempt: Wilderness Medicine and the Lewis and Clark Expedition, will present a fun-filled and informative two-projector slide show and discussion at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center in Stevenson on Aug. 18 at 3 p.m.
Dr. David Peck, a practicing physician who researched medical science at the time of the Expedition, details the adventure of the Corps of Discovery with wit and in layman's terms for the medical explanations in his new book.
"The physician of the early 19th century was like a hunter with a rubber knife going in search of the grizzly bear," Peck said.
Peck traces the changing scientific and political arenas in the 1700s and the early years of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. He also delves into the group psychology of the crew of the Expedition as they grew in respect and dependence on each other.
"If you could only go to one presentation on Lewis and Clark, this would be a great choice," executive director Sharon Tiffany said. "Dr. Peck not only has great knowledge, he also is a wonderful and entertaining speaker."
Peck is a family practice physician in San Diego and an avid outdoorsman who has a family in Montana. He has explored much of the Lewis and Clark Trail himself.
Peck will be available following the presentation for autographing the new book and to answer questions.