Medicine: Master of the Inn

"Master of the Inn"

It was the year 1895. After ten years of practicing surgery in Cleveland, Dr. John George Gehring had become sick. So he moved to Bethel, Me., in the Androscoggin Valley. There he opened an "inn," a kind of private sanitorium. To Dr. Gehring for cure have gone, in the past 32 years, lawyers, doctors, merchant chiefs—victims of overwork. At Dr. Gehring's they found comfort. He would set them to digging potatoes, or planting green peas, or swimming. Or he would let them sit quietly on his Androscoggin porch,...

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