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9780873514309

A Country Doctor's Casebook: Tales from the North Woods

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  • ISBN13:

    9780873514309

  • ISBN10:

    0873514300

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-09-01
  • Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Pr

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Summary

In the years after the Second World War, a young doctor took up his post in one of the most remote regions of northern Minnesota. His term of service turned into a lifetime of caring for the people who made this isolated and often lonely place their home. The story of this remarkable adventure in frontline medicine forms the heart of this wonderful book.

For almost four decades, Roger MacDonald was the country doctor who tended to those in need in an area larger than the states of Delaware and Rhode Island combined. Because he was the only doctor for miles, MacDonald traveled to the small towns and remote fishing villages, the logging camps and Indian reservation, the one-room schools and the remote backwoods cabins to practice his craft. In the course of his work, he encountered a remarkable group of tough, independent, and idiosyncratic individuals -- all of whom relied on him for medical help. In turn, they taught MacDonald the importance of patience, human strength, wisdom, humor, and simple grace.

MacDonald came to know the people he cared for in extra

Author Biography

Roger A. MacDonald was formerly associate director of the Rural Physician Associate Program at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Roger Welsch
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction 3(4)
Justice in the Wild, Wild North
7(2)
House Call
9(6)
Emergency
15(3)
We Work Not Alone
18(3)
The Rez
21(6)
Epidemic
27(3)
To Speak the Language
30(2)
Treatment
32(3)
Brotherly Love
35(2)
Road to Trouble
37(3)
Arne
40(2)
Pass Catcher
42(2)
Little Herbie
44(2)
Emil
46(4)
The Great Train Ride
50(3)
Grit
53(4)
Fishing
57(2)
Physician, Heal Thyself. Please!
59(4)
Feud
63(2)
Good Fudge Requires the Best Ingredients
65(2)
Home Delivery
67(4)
Henry and Lily
71(3)
The T. Rex of Throat Infections
74(2)
They Don't Grow 'Em Like They Used To
76(3)
Debbie
79(3)
Cora Benson
82(4)
Home Is Home Is Home
86(3)
God's Will
89(3)
Rena McDoud
92(4)
So, What Is Mental Illness?
96(2)
Helen
98(4)
Pudge Dalafus
102(5)
Office Hours
107(5)
Midge
112(5)
Curbstone Consultations
117(3)
Anne
120(2)
Thor
122(4)
Double Play
126(3)
Roxie
129(4)
Coroner
133(4)
Coincidence
137(3)
Cops and Robbers
140(4)
Inheritance
144(4)
Frank Petruka
148(3)
May Day, May Day
151(6)
Help
157(4)
Is There a Limit?
161(3)
Consultation
164(2)
Bryan Lofgren
166(4)
Appendicitis
170(5)
Oskar Jonason
175(2)
Poachers, Arise!
177(4)
Special Delivery
181(3)
God Calling
184(3)
Are Country Doctors Born, Not Made?
187

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