Medicine: Company Doctor

In Lafayette, Colo., a thin, recently tuberculous young doctor from Pennsylvania hung up his shingle above the general store one day in December, 1900. Lafayette (pop. 900) was a rough-&-ready coal-mining town. Dr. Victor Welsh Porter gave it rough-&-ready medicine.

By horse & buggy he got around to miners' huts and farmers' sickbeds. He went down mine shafts after many a mining accident, delivered three generations of babies, as often as not without being paid. When a Caesarean seemed indicated, Dr. Porter, no surgeon, did the best he could without operating. When women standing around during a tough birth got hysterical, Dr....

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