Country Doctor’s Chronicle: Further Tales from the North Woods
In this new collection of stories, MacDonald takes readers on another round of house calls, office visits, and emergency summons. His remote practice saw patients of every age and type, from a local child with a penchant for putting things up his nose to a dedicated church pianist with untreatable cancer, from a teenager with unexplained seizures to a vacationing Mafioso recovering from a heart attack. MacDonald offers tales of patients, colleagues, and neighbors, probing their very human responses to medical dilemmas and sharing humorous and touching episodes in equal portions.
A Country Doctor’s Chronicle is a charming collection of vignettes—some hopeful, some heartbreaking—that offer a unique look at a bygone era of twentieth-century rural America.
Roger A. MacDonald, M.D., was a rural physician from 1948 to 1980, when he became associate director of the Rural Physician Associate Program at the University of Minnesota Medical School. His first story collection, A Country Doctor’s Casebook, was published in 2001. Now retired, he divides his time between Grand Marais, Minnesota, and La Verne, California.
Praise for A Country Doctor’s Chronicle
“This book is a warm and vivid recreation of the world of medicine before the avalanche of technology that has served, among other things, to distance a doctor from the patients. It takes the reader back to the time when a physician was an adjunct to his five senses and diagnosis was as much an art as a science.” — Richard Selzer, surgeon and author of The Doctor Stories and Letters to a Young Doctor