Bag Balm and Duct Tape: Tales of a Vermont Doctor

Beach Conger, Author Little Brown and Company $16.95 (263p) ISBN 978-0-316-15258-7
In one of the author's asides to ``Serious Reader'' that dot this irreverent diary of a modern country doctor, we learn that ``of all the diseases a physician may contract in the line of duty, by far the most dangerous is seriosity.'' That danger is remote for Conger, who after a period of ``finding'' himself in the Berkeley ambiance of the '60s, transplanted himself, his new second wife and their daughter to the little town of Dumster, Vt, where he envisioned a life of relative peace. Instead, as successor to a much-loved and canny old general practitioner, he began a learning process under the guidance of his patients, who taught him to be the doctor they wanted. In an engaging blend of rustic wisdom and big-city know-how, Conger demonstrates the management of his patients and their ailments, real and imagined. His rapport with them is such that he notes with the gently self-mocking humor that permeates his narrative, ``although they know I am a misfit, they don't throw it up at me.'' (October)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1988
Release date: 01/01/1988
Mass Market Paperbound - 265 pages - 978-0-449-21793-1
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