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May 25, 1940

Frontier Doctor

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By Urling C. Coe, M.D. Cloth. Price, $2.50. Pp. 264. New York: Macmillan Company, 1939.

JAMA. 1940;114(21):2145. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810210077040

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Abstract

A young medical graduate arrived in Bend, Oregon, in 1905 ready to begin practice in a new pioneer town a hundred miles from a railroad. He spent the night in a room shared with five other men and dressed next morning in freezing cold surrounded by a virgin pine forest which extended westward mile after mile to snow covered mountains. Here in the heart of the last pioneer stock country of the West the author remained for many years practicing among cowboys, sheepmen, Indians and other hardy folk. His book of experiences in this wide open town is an exciting tale, well written. He delivered babies, fought epidemics and treated those wounded in rough and tumble fights among Indians, horse thieves and rustlers. He pictures some of the personalities in this community. Finally for nine years he was associated here in practice with a schoolmate from a Chicago school. One

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