Rugged Mercy: A Country Doctor in Idaho's Sun Valley

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In the dead of night in 1894 a trembling wide eyed 13 year old boy assisted with his first surgery an experience that changed his life Robert H Wright attended medical school then returned home to Hailey Idaho to marry Cynthia Beamer his childhood sweetheart and to practice in the frontier West a choice that required both rugged courage and devoted compassion Called to risk his own life on multiple occasions he remained composed during a crisis and his gentle confidence calmed traumatized victims At times he performed operations by lantern light and traveled by buggy dogsled or Studebaker to reach remote patients In 1917 he led the rescue effort following the North Star mine avalanche disaster Eventually the doctor welcomed a grandson also named Robert Wright who eagerly absorbed thrilling tales of a pioneer past Yet despite their close relationship the younger Wright sensed mysterious secrets and unspoken heartbreak and he began to probe for the untold stories In Rugged Mercy he unravels and celebrates the lives of his beloved grandparents Alternating between accounts of the doctor s decades of medicine and his own memories of growing up in Hailey the author provides an intimate glimpse of challenges faced by rural physicians in the first half of the 1900s of significant events in the history and evolution of the Wood River Valley and Sun Valley resort and of family life in a small Idaho community Book jacket

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