June 5, 1915

The Country Doctor

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Mountain Grove, Mo.

JAMA. 1915;LXIV(23):1931. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570490047029

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To the Editor:  —May I carry a little further the comparison made by Dr. Flancher (The Journal, March 27, 1915, p. 1095), between city physicians and country physicians?I practice in the country and go 20 miles to set a broken leg, attend a confinement, or treat a child for some common ailment. Like others in my situation, I often have to do without needed help, which a city man could procure. I have to be a "specialist" in everything. How many city doctors would manage all kinds of cases more successfully than we country "hayseeds" do? This is something they seldom think of. The city man writes the books but the country man has so much to study he seldom has time to write. Doctors are like trees. In the city they grow tall and straight, like trees in a thick forest, and reach a height we country doctors

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