Medicine: Helping Out the Doctor

Two years ago, Dr. William Henry was ready to succumb to his annual urge and quit his general practice in rural Twisp, Wash. (pop. 750). As the only full-time physician in a 500-sq.-mi. area, Henry was so overworked that he seldom read a medical journal and never had a vacation. But last year the doctor got expert help from Carl Chillquist, a former Army medic. As Henry's paraprofessional aide, Chillquist enabled the doctor to see many more patients, skim those journals, and even get away for skiing and fishing. In recent years, Twisp itself...

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