Saturday, July 25, 2015

What it was like being a rural doctor in 1948

I remember the family doctor coming to visit me when I was a preschooler with tonsillitis.
American photojournalist W. Eugene Smith spent 23 days in Kremmling, Colo., chronicling the day-to-day challenges faced by an indefatigable general practitioner named Dr. Ernest Ceriani.

Dr. Ernest Ceriani makes a house call on foot, Kremmling, Colo., 1948.
Dr. Ceriani was the sole physician for an area of about 400 square miles...

Dr. Ceriani has stitched the girl's wound to minimize scarring,
but he must now find a way to tell the parents that her eye cannot be saved
and they must take her a specialist in Denver to have it removed.

The contents of a country doctor's bag, Kremmling, Colo., 1948.

Album on Imgur
Another one from frequent contributor Bruce!

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