Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois Volume 2

Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...went to Bement, came to Lake Fork in 1853 and was the first physician at Mackville. Dr. Prosser settled at Cerro Gordo before 1860. Dr. Taylor was at Bement before 1860, as was Dr. J. H. Lea1. Some other prominent early physicians were: Dr. Ruth, Dr. Ruby and Dr. Vance of Bement, and Dr. Smitson and Dr. Marshall of Mackville. TRIALS OF PIONEER PHYSICIANS. Quoting from Miss Piatt's interesting history of the county, the following gives an excellent idea of the hardships of the pioneer physician, which she doubtless heard from the lips of some of the brave and self-sacrificing men who had endured them: "The pioneer physicians of the county had trials that those of a later date know nothing of. It was a frequent occurrence for them to be called to see a patient twenty or thirty miles distant. And oftentimes it was not the distance that was to be dreaded. The ride would often have to be made on a dark night, along muddy roads, and! through swamps and ponds. Sometimes the horse would have to swim streams, while the rider on his knees oij the saddle held his medicine ease or the bridle reins in his teeth. "We heard a good joke told not long since relative to a physician of a neighboring county. He was called to a see a patient who lived on the Sangamon, and accordingly, after bidding his wife goodbye, he started in the dark to ride across the prairie. After riding a long time he came to a house. He alighted, knocked, at the door, to hear the question, 'Who's there?' He answered by asking the way to the house of the patient he started to see. What was his astonishment to hear instead of the requested directions, a lady's voice questioning: 'Why William, is that you?' and the worthy physician found that he had alighted at his own door, and was...show more

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  • Paperback | 266 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 481g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236536010
  • 9781236536013