Doctor George: An Account of the Life of a Country Doctor by George T Mitchell

By George T Mitchell

Dr. George T. Mitchell of Marshall, Illinois, stocks with humor and compassion tales and reflections approximately his scientific perform of 50 years.Having grown up in Marshall, Dr. Mitchell writes of his early studies in midwestern the United States: basketball rivalries, school-boy pranks, and the traditions handed down via a relations of medical professionals. Dr. Mitchell tells of his short detour to acquire a level in mechanical engineering, his determination to pursue a profession in drugs, and his clinical tuition studies on the George Washington college of drugs prior to the times of antibiotics and complex scientific know-how. He vividly describes his next carrier in global War II as a tender doctor at an army health facility assisting injured squaddies resume basic lives whereas enduring the frustrations and coffee horrors of army life.After the battle, Dr. Mitchell joined his father’s perform in Marshall, the place, he observes, he was once between 16 physicians in a rural county with a inhabitants of below twenty thousand humans. inside of twenty-five years, the variety of medical professionals had dropped to simply 4. during this memoir Dr. Mitchell conveys his unwillingness to only take a seat by way of and watch the wellbeing and fitness wishes of his group bring up whereas clinical and different prone decline. He, as a substitute, turned a neighborhood activist, representing rural issues to the kingdom clinical society, organizing the 1st emergency clinical technician groups within the county, masterminding the making plans of a local clinical middle, campaigning effectively for greater street defense, and spurring the extension of trustworthy mobilephone provider all through his area.As Dr. Mitchell recounts the home calls, farm injuries, emergency surgical procedures, and relations counseling that comprised the lifetime of this nation health professional, he deals the willing insights of a clinician knowledgeable to seem past what others in simple terms see.

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There was no specific treatment for pneumonia, just aspirin, cough medicine, pneumonia jackets, and prayer. The mortality rate from 1917 through 1918 was high. On our walks downtown, we passed the railroad station. I'll never forget seeing the long rows of caskets encased in wooden shipping boxes stacked four high, stretching for a city block along the railroad platformjust one day's shipment. The tide had turned, and the Americans and their allies were winning. Rumors were rampant. Early in November 1918, rumor spread that the armistice had been declared; but the rumor was false, and our high hopes were dashed.

In 1972, Dr. " Many honors have followed: from the Illinois State Medical Society in 1981 and again in 1986; from the Illinois Department of Public Health in 1987; and from the Illinois General Assembly in both 1989 and 1992. Perhaps the most touching recognition Dr. and Mrs. Mitchell have received was that held on October 17, 1981, by the people of Marshall Page xiii and the surrounding areas"Dr. George and Millie Mitchell Day"marked by a barbecue and dedication program. Despite the responsibilities of the daily care of Millie and his other patients, Dr.

Mitchell has not confined his community service to health care. He served twelve years on the local board of education and fourteen years as a member of the Board of Trustees of Lake Land Community College. He has been a member of the Marshall Rotary Club for more than forty-seven years and was elected a Paul Harris Fellow; he is active in the First United Methodist Church, the Marshall Chamber of Commerce, the American Legion, the Masons and Shrine, the Clark County and Illinois Farm Bureaus, the Clark County Historical Society (of which he was founding president), as well as many other community organizations.

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