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Here is the magnificently simple story of a great man, though not a prominent man. It is all the more significant because it is typical of the story of country doctors without number who have been serving the people of the United States through storm, flood, disaster and sunshine, through sorrow, perplexity, pain and joy. The story is autobiographic, told with a warm human sympathy delightfully mingled with humor. It is a series of disconnected episodes, which yet give a clear picture of the life of a country boy who struggled against great odds to achieve his ambition to be a country doctor. Typical is the story of his relationship with the clergy. On one occasion he met a minister on his way to the home where the doctor had just attended a patient who died. Dolefully the minister said "First you, then me!" The doctor matches this incident with
"Good Morning, Doctor!". JAMA. 1938;111(13):1236. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790390092034