This specific ISBN edition is currently not available.View all copies of this ISBN edition:
The author recounts his life as a small town physician in Montana, his work in orthopedics, and international recognition as a pioneer to the understanding of the "trick knee"
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
Doc is an engaging memoir by Ron Losee, a Yale Medical School graduate who, in 1949, headed west with his wife, Olive, and their two-year-old daughter to find a place to settle down in and practice medicine. The 400 townspeople of Ennis, Montana needed a doctor, and Ronald E. Losee, M.D., became "Doc."Losee's patients are a broad panoply of characters. Townspeople, cattle ranchers and migrant workers, miners and fly fishermen, new mothers and old folks - each, in his or her own way, preserving an American way of life that is rapidly vanishing. With them, Losee learns from his failures and rejoices in his triumphs. He stays up all night before each delivery, worrying through every possibility of disaster; performs appendectomies on a rickety operating-room table; repairs fractured tibiae; and even amputates a leg with a common hacksaw.Eventually, his yearning for knowledge propels him into a two-year stint at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal for an orthopedic residency. He returns to Montana a specialist, and so begins the orthopedic work that gains him, in his middle years, international recognition as a pioneer and important contributor to the understanding of the "trick" knee, and developer of an early operative procedure to remedy this, the "Losee Operation."His voice is all his own - real, earthy, outspoken and robust. Ron Losee has written a moving account of his doctoring years, evoking the feel of small-town life, the pioneering spirit of the West, the myriad moral dilemmas a rural doctor faces, and the courage and commitment that are the heart of his way of medicine. (6 1/4 X 9 1/4, 236 pages, b&w photos)
Disarming tales from a frontier doctor, an appealing old coot who actually considers himself a mere mortal. The year is 1949. Young Dr. Ron Losee has piled his wife and child into an army-surplus jeep and pointed it at Ennis, Mont., a wee burg hard by the foot of the Tobacco Root Range. What follows are the trials and tribulations of a GP forced to handle all manner of catastrophes, large and small, with a wing and a prayer and a sharp knife. Losee has a smart take on his profession: ``Doctoring should not be a business, and I think that the surgeon who operates needlessly, as it were, possesses the morality of a rapist.'' He charges each incident with enough drama to draw the reader in like blood to a cotton swab. Fractures are set; hot appendixes snipped; laryngectomies, stitchings, lancings, and bilateral castrations performed; an arm removed with a hacksaw. His theater of operations is an army cot illuminated by an old car headlight. His mistakes and failures are confessed and serve to humanize him; so do his wrenching losses, as when a child dies, and her father, dazed and confused, begs the nurse not to throw the body out with the trash. For a break, Losee shuttles off to Montreal to attend a residency in orthopedic surgery. He returns to Ennis, now with a hospital of its own, and starts to specialize in knee work, gaining a modest reputation in the process. Most of the stories hereafter revolve around lateral, medial, and cruxial ligaments, but the humor shines right through all the bloody tissue. Get this guy to a biochemist and have him cloned. As a memoirist, he's just fine; as a physician, we could use a few more thousand just like him. (Photos, not seen) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description The Lyons Press, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111558213236
Book Description Condition: Brand New. New. Seller Inventory # A14787
Book Description The Lyons Press. Condition: New. Hardcover. Worldwide shipping. FREE fast shipping inside USA (express 2-3 day delivery also available). Tracking service included. Ships from United States of America. Seller Inventory # 1558213236
Book Description The Lyons Press. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1558213236 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0644763