Medicine: The Country Doctor

The advertisement was typical of a score that appear every month in the bulletin of the Medical Association of Georgia: "Plains, Ga. Pop. 860, county 24,000. No physician in area. Hospital facilities ten miles. Community will build suitable office for doctor. One drugstore."

A recently spruced-up town in central Georgia's lush, goober-growing country, Plains had been without a physician since 1951, when Dr. Colquitt Logan virtually retired at 71 after having two operations for cataracts. Like 50-odd Georgia towns (and 1,450 now on record in the U.S.) listed as wanting a doctor, Plains might have gone doctorless for a long time.

But Mississippi-born,...

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