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Tales from Kentucky Doctors

by William Lynwood Montell

Availablepaperback$19.95 978-0-8131-6822-7
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258 pages  Pubdate: 07/22/2016  6 x 9  

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In Tales from Kentucky Doctors, noted oral historian William Lynwood Montell has assembled a fascinating collection of memoirs from Kentucky’s medical providers. Ranging from humorous to heartwarming to tragic, the stories presented in Tales from Kentucky Doctors are authentic and captivating. While these firsthand accounts from and about Kentucky doctors won’t be found in a formal history book, this collection is essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand the culture and tradition of Kentucky medical practice. By combining personal experiences, humorous anecdotes, and local legends, the book surveys the many ways in which physicians have cared for Kentuckians in decades past.

William Lynwood Montell, professor emeritus of folk studies at Western Kentucky University, is the author of several books, including Ghosts across Kentucky and Tales from Kentucky Lawyers.

These stories are about the anxiety of Kentucky doctors in caring for patients, about their delight when things go well, about their sense of loss when things don’t go well, about their cooperation with other doctors when they are uncertain about what to do, and about their appreciation of older doctors as mentors. Medical students and veteran physicians alike will read Montell’s book with empathy, knowing the pleasures and pains of practicing medicine and learning from the high standards of medical ethics rendered in these tales. -- Ronald L. Baker, author of From Needmore to Prosperity: Hoosier Place Names in Folklore and History

In Tales from Kentucky Doctors, Montell is a master of oral history research, presenting the bounty of his continuing harvest. -- Christopher Antonsen, Western Kentucky University

Montell’s stories present a personal side of a profession typically known for its objectivity. -- Kentucky Kernel

Tales from Kentucky Doctors contains . . . heartwarming and sometimes tragic accounts that won’t be found in formal medical history books. -- Kentucky Monthly

The reader will be impressed by the dedication of the doctors to their patients and communities. The important roles of these dedicated men and women of medicine in Kentucky life shows clearly on the pages of this delightful book. -- Charles F. Allnutt, M.D.

Readers will realize that the narrators from Tales From Kentucky Doctors are a vanishing breed. Dr. Robert W. Robertson Jr. of Paducah notes, ‘Today medicine is literally run by insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, and hospitals.’ Dr. Loren J. Ledford of Ashland agrees. But although he notes that “there’s a lot of business pressures, insurance pressures, cost of threat of lawsuits, all of which sort of wear you out, I don’t know of any other tangible job I could see myself doing.’ And so it is with all of the physicians who, in Tales From Kentucky Doctors, relate how their compassion has overcome their frustration and fatigue. -- L. Elisabeth Beattie -- Louisville Courier-Journal

Ranging from humorous to tragic, Montell’s stories present a personal side of a profession known mostly for its objectivity. -- UK News

Filled with enough funny stories to make it a compelling book. -- Lexington Herald-Leader

This book abounds with interesting and amusing anecdotes about life in rural Kentucky. For those of us who grew up during these times, it brings back fond memories of good times and bad. -- Robert V. Haynes -- Bowling Green Daily News

Noted professor of folk studies, William Lynwood Montell, provides and interesting look into the lives of Kentuckians with this book. -- Kentucky Ancestors

The book gives us a view of doctors we don’t often see and gave me a new appreciation of the service they perform. The book lets us see the human side of physicians—the humorous, the heartwarming—the tradition of health care in Kentucky. -- Debbie Jenkins Cook -- Harrodsburg Herald