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Review after reading the first 53 pages ... I had the distinct pleasure of working with Dr. O. between 1978 and 1984. I met Dr. and Mrs. Marchbanks once in my time working at the Logan County Hospital and it was quite an experience LOL Carl Gunter was the MD who delivered me in Quinter, KS, and he and Herman Heisterman were my family physicians through my early 20's. My uncle, D.R. Carman, Sr., MD, practiced with CG and HH in Quinter for a number of years.
Reading these first 53 pages were an historical jaunt through Oakley in days before I arrived there, a trip down memory lane and a wonderment: Dick is, and remains, quite a writer -- he was also a teacher to more than medical and physician assistant students. Like Hugh Wiegman, MD (one of three radiologists from Hays in the late '70's and early '80's), who traveled to Oakley (and other places in rural western KS) on Tuesday's and Thursday's for fluoro and radiographic interpretation, if one listened and paid attention, a marvelous education was to be had. Of note is that even in this narrative of his early life, Dick is teaching.
When Dick fell in 2001, medicine lost a very remarkable practitioner and humanitarian -- his story relates those characteristics in living color ... his survival was no less remarkable and it's a thrill to read of his adventures.
From Dr C to Dr O -- well done! It was a pleasure and an honor to serve with you in a time when medicine was still "frontier" and not so "techy"! I still use lessons learned at your elbow every day.