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This is a delightful memoir of a rural physician in Montana. The book opens with Losee attending Yale University Medical School during World War II. The class was being pushed through because of the great need for physicians for the War. In 1946 he and his wife moved to Denver for his residence training. They decided they wanted to live in the west so after he completed his training and he was discharged from the Army they drove around the west looking for a place to set up his practice. They eventually landed in Ennis, Montana. After a few years doing family practice, Losee decided he needed more training in orthopedics. He did a two-year orthopedic specialty training at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. They returned to Ennis where he continued to practice until his retirement. Losee developed an operative technique for the knee that is in common use today. You will need to read the book to discover what it is.
The book is well written and full of tales about the people of Montana and the various medical problems encountered in a rural practice. Near the end of the book I enjoyed the poems written by a local nurse about “DOC” and the little hospital. The book also provided a glimpse of how medicine has changed over the years, not only medical techniques but the business aspects and the interaction between physician and patient.
Rick Adamson did a good job narrating the book. Adamson is a voiceover artist and a 2011 Audie Award winning audiobook narrator for non-fiction.
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