Hospital History and Medical Practice in My Small Town

With Personal Stories of the Author
  • Published: May 2006
  • Format: Perfect Bound Softcover(B/W)
  • Pages: 230
  • Size: 7x10
  • ISBN: 9781553957454
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The idea to write about some of my practice experiences, and at the same time point out some of the changes in medicine which were taking place during all of those years, came to me in September 2001, shortly after I received an invitation to speak at the dedication ceremonies for a recently completed, large addition to the modern Eaton Rapids Medical Center. Because I had been deeply involved with its founding and early operations, and had treated patients there during the first 26 years of its existence, I was asked to speak for five to seven minutes about the early years of the hospital, ------ years when it was known as Eaton Rapids Community Hospital. As I was thinking about what to say, I realized that the time allotted for my speech would not allow me to even begin to adequately present the subject. Here then, in these pages, are recorded some of the many things I would have liked to have told my audience in that speech. It is my story of the hospitals and medicine in my hometown, presented truthfully, accurately, and in some detail.

In August of 1946 I chose Eaton Rapids to be the town in which I would establish my medical practice and rear my family. Although it was my intent to stay for only two or three years, and then take a residency in general surgery somewhere in order to become a board certified surgical specialist, my wife and I became so deeply and pleasantly involved with its people and its hospital that we stayed until I retired from practice 38 years later.

For an overview of the early medical history of Eaton Rapids I am indebted to one of my earliest patients, W. Scott Munn, who researched the history of the area, and wrote about it in his book, THE ONLY EATON RAPIDS ON EARTH. Munn's book was apparently self-published. It contains no mention of a copyright, and there is no ISBN Number in the book. There is merely a statement on the backside of the title page that it had been printed by Edwards Brothers, Inc. of Ann Arbor, Michigan. No publication date is given, but the author dated his autograph in my copy of the book on 8/2/52.

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