"The Country Doctor Revisited is a fine achievement. Purporting to be an overview of the practice of medicine in rural areas, it is a splendid portrait of the practice of medicine everywhere. The special conditions that prevail in the countryside as opposed to the cities are examined, and each of these is illustrated by a case history that is as compelling as it is informative. It is presented in a highly readable form that would be accessible to the general public as well as to the deliverers of health care. I recommend it most highly."
Richard Selzer, M.D. Surgeon and Author
“A beautiful literary collection that tells of today’s country doctor, somewhat removed from our romantic black-bag image of days gone by, but still fulfilling an essential need in caring for spread-out populations. At times, with today’s advances in technology, medicine in rural America looks very like it does in America’s cities, but the variety of practices is enormous. The Country Doctor Revisited captures the trials and tribulations of medicine, but also the satisfaction and the extraordinary rewards that come to those who embrace such a practice.”
Abraham Verghese, MD Infectious Disease Specialist and Author
“In this collection of stories and poems are some real gems that offer glimpses of the magic of rural practice, give some idea of why a health professional might forfeit the high salaries and prestigious positions of an urban or suburban specialist for the privilege of becoming a meaningful part of the tapestry of rural life. A medical student discovers that the clear psychological boundaries of medical practice aren’t so clear in a small rural community where everyone is a part of everyone else’s life. Doctors learn from the simple goodness of their patients. Even an unmarried teen’s pregnancy becomes a joy and a blessing. On the other side, we experience directly the frustration of not communicating well or of not having the requisite skill. We learn of the foibles and fears of even the best doctors and begin to understand why patients trust them precisely because of their human weaknesses. We experience tragedy and joy. Above all we see the extraordinary richness of practicing medicine in the often forgotten corners of America.”
David Hilfiker, MD Family Physician and Author
“This book will irrevocably change the traditional view of the country doctor. The writings in this collection are as wildly diverse and surprising as the rapidly changing field of rural medicine. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to understand the full spectrum of America’s health care system in the 21st century.”
Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, Author, and Editor-in-Chief Bellevue Literary Review