Monday, September 21, 2009

Grandfather B suffered from a bad back.

Years of lifting six foot long two hundred pound wool bags had left its mark. He wore a back brace corset to ease the pain.

In the days before Valium and Advil the only possible help was surgery. Even more "iffy" in the early 1940's than now.

Our local doctor recomended a young professor of neurosurgery at Oregon University Medical school.

Grandfather decided that for a delicate operation such as this he wanted the "best" so he wrote to family members in Philadelphia asking them to make inquiries.

The answer came back. Don't come here. You have the "best" in your own back yard at the University of Oregon Medical School.

Incidently, this physician operated successfully on Aunt Dorothy about 1960 and with a protege on my late wife in 1974. He had been consulted and was on standby when JFK was shot in Dallas.



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