A Measure of My Days: The Journal of a Country Doctor

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UPNE, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 333 pages
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This is the story of one year in the life of a family physician in Belfast, Maine, and his connections not just to that community but to the Human family. In thoughtful, elegiac, often lyrical prose, David Loxterkamp muses about his patients, his colleagues, his family, and his relationship to his Maker as he recalls the daily minutiae that constitute "the bookmarks in a bountiful life, a string of facts and circumstances that have moved beyond the mere documentary" to his discovery of "peace and perspective and companionship along my muddled way."

That way, which is faithfully mapped by journal entries, is populated by the characters he has come to know: the lobstermen, millworkers, church-goers, back-to-the-landers, and "those from away" who share this picturesque, bare-bones, blue-collar piece of Maine coast. We meet Elena, whose fatal Lou Gehrig's disease reduces her speech to air made into letters on a computer screen. Bernitha languishes in a slow death from lung cancer. A laboring mother deals with her pain, uncertainty, and the realized possibility of a deformed infant. Through the dull and the dramatic, the mundane and the magnificent, Loxterkamp finds his way and fashions "an anthem to the Good God" with deeply moving, "everyday stories of an irrepressible human spirit, a spirit refined by adversity and renewed by love."
  

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A measure of my days: the journal of a country doctor

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Journals are by definition introspective and personal, an unfamiliar perspective from which to focus on a physician. A family man and family-practice physician in Belfast, Maine, Loxterkamp here ... Read full review

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I heard about this on NPR. It was written quite a while ago so I had a hard time acquiring a copy. Read it from cover to cover and loved it. I hear he is working on another book and cannot wait to see it in print. Read full review

Contents

Introduction Vigils i
4
August
33
September
61
Autumn A Good Death Is Hard to Find
79
October
85
November
105
December
126
Winter The Watch
155
February
181
March
202
Spring In the Midst of Death
223
April
228
May
261
June
289
Afterword Taking the Gravel
315
Selected References
321

January
161

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About the author (1997)

David Loxterkamp has been a family physician for 14 years in Belfast, Maine, a coastal working class community.

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