Medicine: D.P. at Home

A soft-accented young physician with a pretty blonde wife and a two-year-old daughter moved last week into a rambling white clapboard house in Fabius, N.Y. Before his office was finished, a blizzard swirling outside brought him his first emergency case: a townswoman who had fallen on ice. For both Dr. Joseph Brudny, 33, and the twin villages of Fabius and Pompey (combined pop.: about 3,000), the beginning of his practice was the fulfillment of a dream.

Hospitable N.Y. Fabius and Pompey, about 17 miles southeast of Syracuse, had been without a doctor for five...