Fifty Years a Country Doctor

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U of Nebraska Press, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 203 pages
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In a world of HMOs, insurance companies, and an endless flood of forms, Hull Cook reminds us that there was a time when a visit to the doctor?s office cost three dollars and doctors still made house calls. Cook recounts fifty years of service as a rural doctor in Texas and Nebraska, where a wide spectrum of dilemmas tested his resourcefulness, endurance, and sense of humor. He describes helping to deliver a baby via telephone during the Blizzard of ?49, and he explains his ?special delivery? of medication in the dead of winter?an operation involving his Beechcraft Bonanza airplane and a parachute jerry-rigged from dental floss and a red handkerchief. Cook saw it all, from cow-manure poultices to snakebite to kerosene poisoning to drug addiction. His humorous account of life in the first half of the twentieth century conveys a distinct sense of the slings and arrows of doctoring on the plains.

 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
5
Section 3
9
Section 4
11
Section 5
17
Section 6
26
Section 7
30
Section 8
32
Section 24
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Section 25
110
Section 26
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Section 27
118
Section 28
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Section 29
125
Section 30
131
Section 31
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 23
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
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Section 40
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Section 41
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Section 42
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Section 43
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Section 44
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About the author (1998)

Hull Cook (1911-2001) lived in Sidney, Nebraska, for several years before moving to Bellingham, Washington.

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