Medicine: The Doctors Heise

In the white dawn of a Minnesota winter day, goateed Dr. William F. C. Heise put on his homespun suit, wing collar and black bow tie, and was helped into his greatcoat by his wife. One of the boys helped him hitch up the horses. When the doctor set off in the sleigh, two boys went along, whipping the horses through the big drifts. It was an emergency surgery case. Operating on his patient on a farmhouse kitchen table, by the light of kerosene lamps, Dr. Heise was glad to have his rugged sons on hand as assistants. Driving home afterward,...

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