THE TOWN AND DR. MOORE by Agatha Young


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Decisions? Incisions? Decisions? Well, if the choice is to be made, this is a cut above Dr. Knickerbocker's Hospital War reviewed in this issue and while it too deals with problems in medicine today, it is equally involved with people . Particularly old (he's sixty five) Doctor Moore-- he's tired , he's troubled, and his hospital (he's paid for part of it out of his own pocket for years) needs some form of Medicare: its equipment is limited and what there is of it is obsolescent; and it needs staff. On the other hand the bank is more interested in backing an installation closer to the manufacturing interests in the area. Part of the book is concerned with the case load here during a long, hard summer (the death of Nat Norton --an old friend-cancer; of Moore's niece--on the table -- fright); and part with the importation of young David Armstrong, an ""educated fool,"" who has to learn, the hard way, that city doctors may know more about the disease than the patient, but country doctors have the edge going the other way. Although this is essentially no more than popular fiction it has been handled with sympathetic intelligence and it's likable.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1965
Publisher: Simon & Schuster