It's Probably Nothing: More Adventures of a Vermont Country Doctor

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Chelsea Green Publishing, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 255 pages
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"It's Probably Nothing continues the tale woven by Dr. Beach Conger in his first book, Bag Balm and Duct Tape. This new collection sees Conger and his wife yearning for new challenges and relocating to the suburbs of Philadelphia after 25 years in mythical Dumster, Vermont. Conger gamely takes a job in a teaching hospital in the poorest part of the city and gets to experience urban bureaucratized medicine and its trials- a far cry from the more idiosyncratic and hands-on version he practiced in Vermont. After 5 years Conger and his wife move back to Dumster, where he rediscovers more about his patients' capacity to both cope and cherish one another than he expected.Each of the tightly constructed chapters is centered around a particular patient or particular theme in medicine. It's Probably Nothing is both funny and poignant, and showcases both Conger's irreverent view into medicine and his profound empathy for the characters he encounters along the way. His experience highlights how medicine-and problems with out current medical system-can remain the same and yet be vastly different across class, race, and region. Among the people the reader meets are urban drag queens, small-town farmers and other heroes, Vermont celebrities, and the occasional reclusive author"--Provided by publisher.
 

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Review: It's Probably Nothing: More Adventures of a Vermont Country Doctor

User Review  - Cmmorrill - Goodreads

I really enjoyed this book. I'm not sure how accurate it is but I found it interesting nonetheless. Read full review

Review: It's Probably Nothing: More Adventures of a Vermont Country Doctor

User Review  - Bill Mutch - Goodreads

Very fine. Dr. Conger relates episodes and observations from a long career in medicine. He write very, very well, largely because he observes people carefully, accurately and compassionately. His ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
Never Broke One Before Neither
A Hallucination
Attending Physician
The Optimist
An Encounter
The Flux
Its Probably Nothing
Sometimes in Life You Make Bad Decisions
Not Too
The Best Thing That Ever Happened
Just a Cough
One Out to
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

Beach Conger, M.D., was born in 1941 in New York City and grew up in Pleasantville, N.Y. He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1967 and did his training in internal medicine at Boston City Hospital and the University of California San Francisco. From 1969 to 1971 he was an offer in the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the CDC. From 1977 to 2001, he practiced general internal medicine at Mt. Ascutney Hospital in Windsor, Vermont. He then spent five years teaching hospital medicine at Medical College of Pennsylvanvia and Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, serving as chief of hospital medicine at the latter institution. In 2006 he returned to Vermont to practice in Windsor. He is a member of the Dartmouth Medical School faculty, where he precepts medical students in their primary care rotations.

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