The first six or seven chapters are autobiographical; the balance might serve as a handbook for the general practitioner,...
FIFTY YEARS A COUNTRY DOCTOR
by ‧RELEASE DATE: March 10, 1938
The first six or seven chapters are autobiographical; the balance might serve as a handbook for the general practitioner, and does not live up to the promise of the description and title as ""the thrilling and remarkable account of a country doctor's life"". It is rather a simple and straightforward discussion of medicine as a profession, as shown in the experience of a man who became a country doctor in a small town near the Canadian border, upper New York. He writes with homespun simplicity and an earthy, salty philosophy, rambling now and then into anecdote, most of them sage and amusing. The middle part of the book is an anlysis of the profession, specialist vs general practitioner, city vs country doctor, nursing, hospitalization, fees. Good advice for young medicos. Last section deals with disease, diet, fundamentals of pathology. Falls between markets. Not technical enough for professional interest, not practical enough for layman, not personal enough for autobiography.