A Country Doctor's Chronicle: Further Tales from the North Woods

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Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 188 pages
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House calls. Flu epidemics. Terminal illnesses. Coroner duties. Fishhook incidents. For more than three decades, Roger A. MacDonald served the people of Minnesota's north woods as a family practitioner and jack-of-all-trades, even responding to the occasional barn call for ailing animals. In this new collection of stories, MacDonald takes readers on another round of house calls, office visits, and emergency summons.

His remote practice saw patients of every age and type, from a local child with a penchant for putting things up his nose to a dedicated church pianist with untreatable cancer, from a teenager with unexplained seizures to a vacationing Mafioso recovering from a heart attack. MacDonald offers tales of patients, colleagues, and neighbors, probing their very human responses to medical dilemmas and sharing humorous and touching episodes in equal portions. A Country Doctor's Chronicle is a charming collection of vignettes--some hopeful, some heartbreaking--that offer a unique look at a bygone era of twentieth-century rural America.
 

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Contents

House Calls
3
Where Theres the Will
13
Maud and Lars
20
Esther
32
The Human Essence
44
Joel Monroe
64
Harvey and Frances
70
Hannah Munson
83
Acute Stoppage of the Heart
103
Seymore Adams
112
Aristotle
121
Tanya
154
Folk Medicine
161
The Luck of the Chippewa
169
Heaven
180
Copyright

The Vet Is In
94

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About the author (2004)

Roger A. MacDonald, M.D., was a rural physician from 1948 to 1980, when he became associate director of the Rural Physician Associate Program at the University of Minnesota Medical School. His first story collection, A Country Doctor's Casebook, was published in 2001. Now retired, he divides his time between Grand Marais, Minnesota, and La Verne, California.

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