Don't Shoot from the Saddle: Chronicles of a Frontier Surgeon

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Heritage House Publishing Co, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 192 pages

A lot about Al Holley was larger than life: his size 13 custom-made riding boots; how his surgical ability extended to animals as well as people; his endless renditions of "You Are My Sunshine" on the harmonica—the only song he was able to play; and his love of riding a good horse on a bright fall day.

Dr. Al Holley had a storyteller's ability to captivate an audience. First, he would clear his throat, then, with eyes twinkling, he would [begin]. His stories were often a reflection of Al himself and generally went to the very essence of people. He had the unique ability to laugh, not only at what life tossed up but also at himself. Al Holley was not a man who minced his words. What he said was what he thought, no more no less; even if at times he had to extract a foot out of his mouth at a later date.

Medicine was only one part of his life. Among other things, Dr. Holley was a Justice of the Peace in the Northwest Territories, a cowboy, an author, a stagecoach driver and actor in Barkerville, a historian, an artist, a hunter, an explorer, a rodeo doctor, a dogmusher, a train robber, a lieutenant in the RCA Medical Corp, a husband, a father, and a grandfather." —Dr. Geoff Thomas

 

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Contents

TWO Living off the Land
21
THREE Hunting Fishing and Blowing Up Stumps
29
FOUR March 21 1943
40
SIX University of Alberta Medical School
55
SEVEN Bush Intern
71
EIGHT Ni dfgejon LikeMedicineMan
86
NINE Hottah
96
TEN B C s First Intensive Care Unit
119
ELEVEN Traumas and Cowboy Remedies
127
TWELVE Bears in the Backyard
144
THIRTEEN Mosquito Tea and the Anahim Stampede
151
FIFTEEN Fake Cowboys and Real Cowboys
160
Epilogue 77
177
Index
185
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