R.E. Losee: Doc Then and Now with a Montana Physician



I have just finished this book found on the shelves at my Dad s house I enjoyed it a ot and hated to finish it because of the picture Losee gives of his Ouija in Suburbia life in a tiny Montana town near where my familyived for a couple of years when my father began his own medical career Losee and his wife Olive do whatever needs to be done to provide medical care in this out of the way spot and their family thrives works incredibly hard and has fun which includes fishing and playing the bagpipes I Reclaiming Authentic Fundamentalism like his description andove for Butte Montana which was the nearest big city with a population in the mid thirty thousands He includes Lenora lots of detail about medical procedures too much for me but which would be appreciated by medical professionals He reminds me in some ways of my dad hard working conscientious caring and immensely energetic I justoved itI feel the Doc and his colleagues and neighbors in Zennie Montana have become friends now what an unfiltered honest Caz Sanatı look at practicing rural medicine A guided tour through the process of a country doctor meeting most kinds ofife s medical challenges in back woodsie Ennis Montana and ending up a recognized authority on knee surgery Entertaining and educational This is a delightful memoir of a rural physician in Montana The book opens with Losee attending Yale University Medical School during World War II The class was being pushed through because of the great need for physicians for the War In 1946 he and his wife moved to Denver for his residence training They decided they wanted to Desire Sensibility live in the west so after he completed his training and he was discharged from the Army they drove around the westooking for a place to set up his practice They eventually anded in Ennis Montana After a few years doing family practice Losee decided he needed training in orthopedics He did a two year orthopedic specialty trainin. DOC is an engaging memoir from 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 and practice medicine The four hundred townspeople of Ennis Montana needed a doctor and Ronald E Losee MD 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 ife that is rapid.

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Town of Ennis in Southwest Montana population 700 Living in this same area I am privileged to have known this uniue man The Doc as he was affectionately known in our tiny town died on May 14 2017 at age 97 He was familiar to and beloved by everyone who has The Faerie Godmothers Apprentice Wore Green lived for anyength of time in the Madison Valley I am so happy that he The Sorcerer of the North (Rangers Apprentice left us with this wonderful book about hisife hereDoc drove his jeep in the 4th of July Parade in Ennis every year until two years ago He had a friend drive Practicing History last year and he rode in the passenger seat The jeep is the same one he drove here in 1949After his wife Olive died and he finally retired he would eat breakfast in the pharmacy s caf every morning and if I came in and saw he was alone I always asked him if I could join him He was uite gregarious and always said somethingike Of course you may young man I would ove that The pharmacy always kept a small stock of his books and they would sometimes bring a stack to his table for him to autograph while he was waiting for his breakfast He would almost always order the same thing eggs with biscuits and gravyOne day at about 1100 AM a tourist family came in and asked if they could get breakfast The waitress said No we are not serving breakfast now only unch The dad persisted and asked if he couldn t just get a Some Thing Black little bowl of oatmeal and she again told him that would not be possible One of my neighbors was sitting in the next booth andistened to this A few minutes McClellans Other Story later Doc came in and sat down The waitress ran right over to his booth and took his order of eggs with biscuits and gravy When his food came she stayed at the table and cut his biscuits up for him The tourist watched all this as they ate theirunch Everyone in Ennis knew and Cant You Make Them Behave, King George? loved Doc David B Crawley MD Author of Steep Turn A Physician s Journey from Clinic to Cockpit Poorly written but medically interesting. At 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 robust Ron Losee has written a moving account of his doctoring years evoking the feel of small townife 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 medici.

G at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal They returned to Ennis where he continued to practice until his retirement Losee developed an operative techniue for the knee that is in common use today You will need to read the book to discover what it isThe book is well written and full of tales about the people of Montana and the various medical problems encountered in a rural practice Near the end of the book I enjoyed the poems written by a Leonardo da Vinci local nurse about DOC and theittle hospital The book also provided a glimpse of how medicine has changed over the years not only medical techniues but the business aspects and the interaction between physician and patient I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible Rick Adamson did a good job narrating the book Adamson is a voiceover artist and a 2011 Audie Award winning audiobook narrator for non fiction Medical history in small town AmericaGreat stories of doctoring from old days to new in a small Montana town by a smart and caring physician Unbelievable but true A doctor who switched out a destitute parents tires with his own so they could drive their daughter to a specialist across the state Who responded to a reuest from a newly delivered mom for a cold beer by walking down the street to buy a 6 pack Who developed an innovative cure for trick knee because he took the time to ponder why instead of accepting dogma And who was paid so Enkätboken little he could not afford malpractice insurance Aovely story about a physician working in Ennis MontanaThe book attracts the reader all the time Medical storyMedical StoryThis is an intriguimg story about medic I need and medical carre in the middle of the Introduction to the Spiritist Philosophy last century I didn t realize that it had changed so much money n a period which I re memberI THE DOC WAS LARGER THAN LIFE Dr Ron Losee s memoir describes the amazingife of this country doctor in the tiny. Ly vanishing With them Losee earns from his failures and rejoices in his triumphs He stays up all night before each delivery worrying through every possibility of diaster; performs appendectomies on a rickety operating room table; repairs fractured tibiae; and even amputates a eg 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 orthopaedic residency He returns to Montana a specialist and so begins the orthopaedic work th.

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