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A Country Practice: Scenes from the Veterinary Life
A Country Practice: Scenes from the Veterinary Life by Douglas Whynott 0865476470 9780865476479
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A Country Practice: Scenes from the Veterinary Life by Douglas Whynott

Chuck Shaw is a vanishing breed--an old-style veterinarian with a quarter of a century of experience who runs a mixed practice in rural New Hampshire, treating everything from house cats to milk cows. Week after demanding week, he and his associate, horse expert Roger Osinchuk, make house calls and farm calls, and spend sleepless nights on call, to see to the well-being of patients whose only common denominator is an inability to speak. But the practice is booming, and Chuck decides to take on a third associate, Erika Bruner, fresh out of veterinary school. Whynott follows these three practitioners into the world of contemporary veterinary medicine, as a witness to memorable encounters and daily dilemmas. He watches as they play gynecologist to cows and horses, obstetrician to calves and colts, podiatrist to creatures whose feet are life and death to them. He captures the struggle to learn a difficult craft on the job, describes the confluence of skill and intuition that is the essence of diagnosis, and depicts the ongoing effort to balance the needs and desires of animals and owners without compromising his creed.A Country Practiceis a vivid portrait of the rapidly changing face of an ancient profession. Douglas Whynottis also the author ofFollowing the Bloom,Giant Bluefin, andA Unit of Water, A Unit of Time. He lives near Hanover, New Hampshire, and directs the MFA writing program at Emerson College in Boston. Chuck Shaw is a member of a vanishing breedan old-style veterinarian with twenty-five years experience who runs a mixed practice in rural New Hampshire, treating everything from house cats to milk cows. Week after demanding week, he and his associate, horse expert Roger Osinchuk, make house calls and farm calls, and spend sleepless nights on call, to see to the well-being of patients whose only common denominator is an inability to speak. But the practice is booming, and Chuck decides to take on a third associate, Erika Bruner, fresh out of veterinary school. Here, Douglas Whynott follows these three practitioners into the world of contemporary veterinary medicine, as a witness to memorable encounters and daily dilemmas. He watches as they play gynecologist to cows and horses, obstetrician to calves and colts, podiatrist to creatures whose feet mean life or death to them. He captures the struggle to learn a difficult craft on the job, describes the confluence of skill and intuition that is the essence of diagnosis, and depicts the ongoing effort to balance the needs and desires of animals and owners without compromising his creed.A Country Practiceis a vivid portrait of the rapidly changing face of an ancient profession. I have always been an admirer of Doug Whynotts books, andA Country Practiceis his best one yet. Whynotts rendering of these veterinarians practice, the New England landscape in which they worked, and (perhaps most important of all) the animals themselves is a wonder to behold. This is a tender and moving and beautiful book.Bret Lott, author ofA Song I Knew by Heart

Author: Douglas Whynott

Language: English

Edition: First Edition

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 304

Publisher: North Point Press

Publication Date: 2004-11-24

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