Medicine: Office Delivery

When it comes to delivering babies, many a doctor in a sparsely settled section of the U.S. finds himself between the devil and the deep blue hills. Some patients have so little cash income that if the doctor sends them to a hospital, there is nothing left to pay him. On the other hand, the thought of kitchen-table deliveries fills him with horror.

In the current General Practice, Dr. David G. Miller and his wife, Registered Nurse Blanche Miller, describe some of their experiences in the 19303 around Morgantown, Ky. (pop. 859): "Long trips over poor or nonexistent roads, often time after...

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