Medicine: How to Keep the Doctor

Until Dr. Duncan Chalmers moved into town last November, Benton City, Wash. (pop. 1,200) had not had its own resident doctor for 24 years. After he had been there only a short while, the people in Benton City and the surrounding territory (including the fast-growing towns of Richland, Kennewick and Pasco) wondered how they had ever got along without him.

The seemingly tireless Chalmers was soon seeing 60 patients a day in his clinic and also doing a daily stint of surgery at the hospital in Prosser, 15 miles away. He started a medical program at Benton City's two schools, and somehow,...

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