Nurses: Where Doctors Don't Reach

When Nurse Susan Stearly, 28, drove her '64 Valiant into the southern Colorado town of Trinidad, she knew that she was taking on a tough case. Trinidad, once a covered-wagon depot and later a bustling coal-mining center, has become the core of a "depressed area," and Nurse Stearly was there to deal with one of its most depressing problems: the appalling lack of medical care for thousands of indigents, and especially for their children. In all of the 4,800 square miles of Las Animas County, of which Trinidad is the seat, there are just seven doctors—roughly one for every...

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