A Western Doctor's Odyssey: From Cariboo to Kos

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Heritage House Publishing Co, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 128 pages

This is the story of Dr. Eldon Lee and his first practice in Hazelton, BC. Lee was the region's first obstetrician, and he delivered more than 4,500 babies. In an era of corporate medicine and malpractice insurance, Lee's story is a refreshing reminder of what doctoring is all about.

In the 1940s, Eldon left the family ranch to join the air force. He returned to ranching with brother Todd after the war only to discover needs that his rural world could not satisfy. At 25, he headed for Seattle, where the University of Washington Medical School awaited. Seattle's King County and Vancouver's General and Shaughnessy hospitals prepared him for his lifelong odyssey.

 

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Contents

Introduction
4
Preface
5
Introduction to the Healing Arts
7
His Majestys Royal Canadian Flying Corps
13
1944 1400 Hours August 10
21
University A Time for Decision
23
Medical School Goal in Sight
29
The Students Moses and Anatomy 101
31
Medical Services at Wrinch Memorial Hospital
75
Native Medicine and Home Remedies
79
Medical Potpourri
83
An Old West Disaster
87
Little Lost Hippie Boy
91
The Distemper of the Salvation Army Lieutenant
94
Resurrection at Kitwanga Flats
99
The Story of Whispering Willy
103

County Hospital
36
Love and Marriage in the World of Medicine
45
The Young Intern of Vancouver General Hospital
51
James Flynn Miss Chapman and the Elect
59
Shaughnessy Hospital 1956
64
Hazelton Daze
71
The Saga of Adanas Pete
107
My Friends Donald and Mary Gray
111
Times that Try the Hearts of Doctors
117
A Substantial Preserve in the Community
121
Kos at Last
125
Copyright

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About the author (1996)

Born in Chico, California, Eldon Lee(1923-2018) was raised with his younger brother, Todd, on a Cariboo ranch before entering military service to become an RCAF bomber pilot. Lee studied medicine at the University of Washington Medical School, graduating in 1952. After graduation he embarked on his first stint as a rural doctor in Hazleton, BC, where he was for many years the only obstetrician and gynecologist in all of northern BC. There, he and his wife, Marjorie, raised six children. A resident of Prince George for three decades, he devoted his retirement years to recreational flying, studying Greek, and writing fiction and non-fiction. Lee received the Jeanne Clarke Memorial Local History Award for his writing, and in 2017 was inducted into the Northern Medical Hall of Fame.

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