Doc: Then and Now with a Montana Physician By R.E. Losee

    DOC is an engaging memoir from Ron Losee, a Yale Medical School graduate who, in 1949, headed west with his wife, Olive, and their two-year-old daughter to find a place to settle down and practice medicine. The four hundred townspeople of Ennis, Montana, needed a doctor, and Ronald E. Losee, M.D., became Doc.
    Losee's patients are a broad panoply of characters. Townspeople, cattle ranchers and migrant workers, miners and fly fishermen, new mothers and old folks--each, in his or her own way, preserving an American way of life that is rapidly vanishing. With them, Losee learns from his failures and rejoices in his triumphs. He stays up all night before each delivery, worrying through every possibility of diaster; performs appendectomies on a rickety operating-room table; repairs fractured tibiae; and even amputates a leg with a common hacksaw.
    Eventually, his yearning for knowledge propels him into a two-year stint at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal for an orthopaedic residency. He returns to Montana a specialist, and so begins the orthopaedic work that gains him, in his middle years, international recognition as a pioneer and important contributor to the understanding of the trick knee, and developer of an early operative procedure to remedy this, the Losee Operation.
    His voice is all his own--real, earthy, outspoken, robust. Ron Losee has written a moving account of his doctoring years, evoking the feel of small-town life, the pioneering spirit of the West, the myriad moral dilemmas a rural doctor faces, and the courage and commitment that are the heart of his way of medicine.
    Doc: Then and Now with a Montana Physician


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    THE DOC WAS LARGER THAN LIFE ... Dr. Ron Losee’s memoir describes the amazing life of this country doctor in the tiny town of Ennis in Southwest Montana (population 700). Living in this same area, I am privileged to have known this unique man. The “Doc,” as he was affectionately known in our tiny town, died on May 14, 2017, at age 97. He was familiar to and beloved by everyone who has lived for any length of time in the Madison Valley. I am so happy that he left us with this wonderful book about his life here.

    Doc drove his jeep in the 4th of July Parade in Ennis every year until two years ago. He had a friend drive last year, and he rode in the passenger seat. The jeep is the same one he drove here in 1949.

    After his wife Olive died and he finally retired, he would eat breakfast in the pharmacy’s café every morning, and if I came in and saw he was alone, I always asked him if I could join him. He was quite gregarious and always said something like “Of course you may, young man – I would love that.”

    The pharmacy always kept a small stock of his books, and they would sometimes bring a stack to his table for him to autograph while he was waiting for his breakfast. He would almost always order the same thing – eggs with biscuits and gravy.

    One day at about 11:00 AM a tourist family came in and asked if they could get breakfast. The waitress said, “No, we are not serving breakfast now – only lunch.” The dad persisted and asked if he couldn’t just get a little bowl of oatmeal, and she again told him that would not be possible. One of my neighbors was sitting in the next booth and listened to this. A few minutes later, Doc came in and sat down. The waitress ran right over to his booth and took his order of eggs with biscuits and gravy. When his food came, she stayed at the table and cut his biscuits up for him. The tourist watched all this as they ate their lunch. 😊

    Everyone in Ennis knew and loved Doc. - David B. Crawley, M.D. – Author of Steep Turn: A Physician's Journey from Clinic to Cockpit. English Poorly written, but medically interesting. English A guided tour through the process of a country doctor meeting most kinds of life's medical challenges in back-woodsie Ennis, Montana, and ending up a recognized authority on knee surgery. Entertaining and educational. English Unbelievable but true! A doctor who switched out a destitute parents' tires with his own so they could drive their daughter to a specialist across the state. Who responded to a request from a newly delivered mom for a cold beer by walking down the street to buy a 6 pack. Who developed an innovative cure for trick knee because he took the time to ponder 'why' instead of accepting dogma. And who was paid so little he could not afford malpractice insurance ... English Pleasant, easy - but rambling- memoir of a small time physician in rural Montana during the middle of the twentieth century. “Doctoring” has changed a lot in 70 years, although the changes were starting by the time this book ends. (his malpractice insurance went from about $50 bucks a year to $30,000, even without a claim against him…)

    Dr. Losee started as a GP, but because interested in orthopedic surgery and gradually shifted his practice in that direction (another move that would be unlikely today due to training requirements).

    The book is conversational in tone, and the anecdotes are often, but not always, amusing, with a few minor rants. There’s not a lot of continuity in the writing, it’s mostly anecdotes. English

    This is a delightful memoir of a rural physician in Montana. The book opens with Losee attending Yale University Medical School during World War II. The class was being pushed through because of the great need for physicians for the War. In 1946 he and his wife moved to Denver for his residence training. They decided they wanted to live in the west so after he completed his training and he was discharged from the Army they drove around the west looking for a place to set up his practice. They eventually landed in Ennis, Montana. After a few years doing family practice, Losee decided he needed more training in orthopedics. He did a two-year orthopedic specialty training at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. They returned to Ennis where he continued to practice until his retirement. Losee developed an operative technique for the knee that is in common use today. You will need to read the book to discover what it is.

    The book is well written and full of tales about the people of Montana and the various medical problems encountered in a rural practice. Near the end of the book I enjoyed the poems written by a local nurse about “DOC” and the little hospital. The book also provided a glimpse of how medicine has changed over the years, not only medical techniques but the business aspects and the interaction between physician and patient.

    I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. Rick Adamson did a good job narrating the book. Adamson is a voiceover artist and a 2011 Audie Award winning audiobook narrator for non-fiction.
    English I just loved it!

    I feel the Doc and his colleagues and neighbors in Zennie, Montana have become friends now... what an unfiltered honest look at practicing rural medicine! English Medical history in small town America

    Great stories of doctoring from old days to new in a small Montana town by a smart and caring physician. English Medical story

    Medical Story

    This is an intriguimg story about medic I need and medical carre in the middle of the last century. I didn't realize that it had changed so much money n a period which I re member

    I English Ron Losee graduated for Yale Medical School in 1949. He left there and went West to Ennis, Montana; with his wife Olive and two years old daughter.

    His patients were quite a cast of characters, ranchers, miners, migrant workers and many older people.
    His quest for knowledge lead him to a two year study at Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal Canada where he studied Orthopedics.
    Back in Montana he does his best to treat people with very little and crude equipment.
    He had many successful years being DOC in Ennis Montana and still lives there. English