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Bryson City Tales: Stories of a Doctor's First Year of Practice in the Smoky Mountains [Paperback]

By Walt Larimore (Author)
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"We walked out onto a side porch, with woven-seat rocking chairs strewn across it, to look out at the hills that were literally ablaze with color--reds and yellows were painted across the promontories, with amber and orange hues specked the bluffs. The spectacular view all the way to the peak of the distant Frye Mountain reminded us of why so many chose to visit this wilderness area during the fall color season."

But the little mountain hamlet of Bryson City, North Carolina, offers more than dazzling vistas. For Walt Larimore, a young "flatlander" physician setting up his first practice, the town presents its peculiar challenges as well. Schooled in the latest medical technology, the eager doctor--his wife, Barb, and two-year-old daughter, Kate, in tow--is about to discover that there are some things in rural practice for which medical school just hadn't prepared him. But he's about to learn. His patients will often be his best teachers, and his classroom will range from hospital corridors and smelly barns to homey kitchens and mountain streams.

With the winsomeness of a James Herriott book, Bryson City Tales sweeps you into a world of colorful characters, the texture of Smoky Mountain life, and the warmth, humor, quirks, and struggles of a small country town. It's a world where the family doctor is also the emergency physician, the coroner, and the obstetrician, and where wilderness medicine is part of the job, search-and-rescue calls in the national forest are a way of life, and the next patient just may be somebody's livestock or pet. And it is the place where the practice of medicine will forever shape Dr. Larimore's practice of life and faith.

Sharing the joys, heartaches, frustrations, and rewards of rural mountain medical practice, Bryson City Tales is a tender and insightful chronicle of a young man's rite of passage from medical student to family physician. Laughter and adventure await you in these pages, and lessons learned from the strengths, foibles, and simple faith of Bryson City's unforgettable residents.

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Format: Large Print
Studio: Thorndike Press
Pages   516
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 1"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 31, 2006
Publisher   GALE GROUP
Edition  Large Type  
ISBN  1594150982  
ISBN13  9781594150982  

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Reviews - What do customers think about Bryson City Tales: Stories of a Doctor's First Year of Practice in the Smoky Mountains?

Tired of sex and violence?  Mar 9, 2007
Nice, homey story.....I have the series nice change from the crazy world of today. No "bad" word, no sex no violence just nornal home towm life. A young man graduates med school and starts his practice in a small town where he make adjustments, not always easy but worthwhile........
Good for future doctors...  Jan 15, 2007
As someone from a small town who is in medical school and wants to do family practice, I found this book inspiring. It was reccommended to me by a friend. Some of the stories seem a little exaggerated for good storytelling (hence the 4 stars instead of 5), but overall it's an easy and fun read. I read the whole thing in two short afternoons. Definately a must have for anyone considering family practice or anyone considering a medical career in a small town.
A bit of a confusing mix of medicine, religion, sports and memoir  Jun 4, 2006
Although there are certainly interesting elements here, this book has some of the most jarring transitions from one element to another I've ever read. Parts of it are strictly medical, including a tale at the beginning that would make any seasoned viewer of CSI troubled. Then there are long sports sections---high school football and fishing especially. Then the author has a religious revelation, and we read about that for a while. After that, it's straight memoir for a bit, and we learn about his family and past, but in disjointed, someone confusing pieces. None of the writing is bad, but I just couldn't settle in and really get much out of it.

Also, the backwoods people the good doctor encounters are often way too stereotyped to strike me as real. This book is not set in the distant past, but the folks we meet seem straight out of the Beverly Hillbillies, with dialet and folk remedies galore. I can't say that wasn't really the case, but it seems a bit contrived to me.

The background story of new doctor not being accepted is a bit confusing to me---we aren't really told enough about WHY the older doctors had it in for him quite so badly.

I think the author might do well to seperate this book out and REALLY tell the stories. I'd love to read more about his daughter and her struggle with CP, something we are in the process of figuring out in our family. His medical stories are interesting also, and I would be interested to hear about his journey to faith. But it can't all be in one book!
Delightful memoir  Apr 5, 2006
Dr. Walt Larimore received excellent medical training at Duke University. Armed with a new medical degree, his wife, and 3-year-old daughter, he journeyed to the small town of Bryson City, North Carolina, to begin his practice. What he learned is that there were many things which had not been taught at the Duke Medical School. Doctors and nurses who had been in practice for many years taught him that sometimes the old, simple procedures worked just as well as the up-to-date techniques which he favored early in his practice. He also learned that appeals to the Great Physician were much appreciated by his patients and served to calm him in a crisis. He was surprised to discover that a country doctor does not only deal with human patients, but animal ones as well. All was not easy, as both of his children faced medical crises, and some of the older doctors opposed his presence in their town. Dr. Larimore's self-effacing manner and gentle humor make this a delightful read. I am looking forward to reading the next two books in the series.
Excellent - entertaining, captivating, and heart touching  Feb 21, 2005
Larimore captivated both my wife and I with his writing and tales of his experience as a new doctor starting out in a new town in North Carolina. Unlike one reader, I never got the impression that the local people were anymore "backwards" than you would find anywheres else. Indeed, it becomes quite clear as Larimore continues to develop as a complete doctor that he has a number of things to learn from the people that were around him. It is fascinating to watch him grow in his practice and expertise, in his faith, and in his relationships with the local people. His love for his patients come through quite clearly.

His tales range from soul touching and heart touching to downright hilarious...the theological exposition that Christ was most definitely a fly fisherman and NOT a lake fisherman was particularly entertaining...and his experience with the couple that had just suffered a miscarriage deeply touches the soul.

For those that enjoyed Herriot, these tales will fit right in - except that the subjects are people (well, most of the time!). I'm looking forward to reading the sequel.

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