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A Country Doctor's Casebook: Tales from the North Woods
by MacDonald, Roger A.
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1. A Country Doctor's Casebook tells over 50 stories of Dr. MacDonald's unusual cases. Which stories stand out to you as particularly memorable?
2. A Country Doctor's Casebook would be typically be classified as a memoir. However, in Roger Welsch's introduction, he suggests that this book is record of history. What do you think distinguishes a history from a memoir? Which is this book?
3. One reviewer describes Dr. MacDonald as heroic. In what ways was he a hero? In what ways was he not? Overall, did you admire him?
4. Could similar stories be told from other settings? For example, how do you think Dr. MacDonald's stories would compare to those of an Emergency Room doctor in an intercity hospital?
5. Dr. MacDonald wrote A Country Doctor's Casebook with the intent of maintaining his patients' privacy. Consequently, he changed the names of both the patients and the towns in his practice. Did you try to guess what area he wrote about? Where do you think these stories took place?
6. Poverty and poor accessibility play significant roles in Dr. MacDonald's stories. How has this northernmost region of Minnesota changed, or not changed in the past 50 years?
7. The apparent goal of A Country Doctor's Casebook is to tell entertaining and informative stories. However, they are written from a personal perspective. What opinions (including political) do you think Dr. MacDonald implies in his stories?
8. What is something new that you learned from reading A Country Doctor's Casebook? Will it change you opinions or actions in the future?
9. Some reviews imply that Dr. MacDonald will write a sequel. Will you read it?