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Call the Doctor by Ronald White-Cooper
  

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Edited by his grand-daughter, Deborah, Ronald White-Cooper’s reminiscences cover the period 1910-1965, giving us a unique record of medical progression and life before and after the NHS. As a Doctor he was fascinated by his patients and their often colourful lives, loves and complaints leaving behind the many valuable and often touching and entertaining stories to be found in Call the Doctor.

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Call the Doctor by Ronald White-Cooper

Ronald White-Cooper may have worked as a doctor in London's slums and tended to badly wounded men on the Western Front, but when he arrived in Dartmouth in 1920 to set up as a GP he found himself facing some unique challenges. From the normally reliable midwife convinced she was being haunted to the retired colonel suffering mysterious fits, from the farmer who insisted rubbing in Bovril had cured his bad back to the young girl dying of tuberculosis, all his medical skills were put to the test. Ronald initially he did his rounds on horseback but gradually the world changed, bringing not just cars but innovations like antibiotics which were to change medicine for ever. Over the years Ronald became a much-loved part of the community, often helping those who could not afford to pay him, and is remembered fondly to this day. Full of wonderful characters, written with warmth and humour, Call the Doctor brilliantly evokes a bygone age.

About the Author

Ronald White-Cooper was born in South Africa, but trained as a doctor at St Barths in London. He served as a doctor on the Western Front 1914-18, before returning to a post at Great Ormond Street hospital. He moved to Devon to work as a GP between 1920-49. His memoirs were found in an old trunk in an attic and have been edited by his granddaughter Deborah White-Cooper, a trained journalist who has worked as a television production executive.

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Publication date

24th April 2014

Author

Ronald White-Cooper

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Publisher

Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Paperback
288 pages
Interest Age: From 18 years

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
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Autobiography: general
Medical profession

ISBN

9781447252122

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