Doc: True Tales of Mishaps, Emergencies, and Miracles from a Montana Physician

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
DOC is an engaging memoir from Ron Losee, a Yale Medical School graduate who, in 1949, headed west with his wife, Olive, and their two-year-old daughter to find a place to settle down and practice medicine. The four hundred townspeople of Ennis, Montana, needed a doctor, and Ronald E. Losee, M.D., became Doc. Losee's patients are a broad array of characters. Townspeople, cattle ranchers and migrant workers, miners and fly fishermen, new mothers and old folks--each, in his or her own way, preserving an American way of life that is rapidly vanishing. With them, Losee learns from his failures and rejoices in his triumphs. He stays up all night before each delivery, worrying through every possibility of disaster; performs appendectomies on a rickety operating-room table; repairs fractured tibiae; and even amputates a leg with a common hacksaw. Eventually, his yearning for knowledge propels him into a two-year stint at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal for an orthopedic residency. He returns to Montana a specialist, and so begins the orthopedic work that gains him, in his middle years, international recognition as a pioneer and important contributor to the understanding of the trick knee, and developer of an early operative procedure to remedy this, the Losee Operation.?
 

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Contents

Foreword to the 2011 Edition
PART 1
Somewhere West
PART 2
Moving In
StartUp
The Hatch
Temptation
Speedy
Whisky Interference
Not Even a Postcard
Horrendeoma
Gatekeeping
The Ivory Tower
Wednesdays
I Wish the Farmers Wheat Would Grow

Whiteout
Men Will Never Knowthe Meaning of theWord Relief
The Bronchial Casts
The Bell
A Rattlesnake or Two
Dr Rossiters Diagnosis
Frtfrtfrtfrtfrtfrt
I Wish You Hadnt
The StretcherBasket Rescue
By the Clock
Fetal Fatality
Once a Boil on the Bone Always a Boil on the Bone
The 1957 Doldrums
PART 3
Dr John C Armour
Petrie
One Long BlastEvacuate
The BucketHandle Tear
Tribute to Butte
Thats It
A Remedy
To Linda
The Doctor Now Farts
The Senior Author Is Not One of the Acknowledged Doyens of Knee Surgery
PART 4
Are Highs Really High?
Nannie Writes to Becky
A Little Cloud a Little Threat
Woe Unto You Lawyers
Times Are Different
Some Patients Need Time with Their Doctor
Epilogue
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

R. E. Losee, MD, has been practicing medicine since the 1940s. "Doc" still lives in Ennis, Montana.

Arthur L. Boland, MD, graduated from Cornell University Medical College in 1961. He teaches at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard University Healthy Service.