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Page 49 - Dr. A.W. Miller: Notes from a Medical Practice Down North, 1906

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1993/8/1 (159 reads)

horse and never would he accept a cent of payment. He was one of Nature's Noblemen. Continuing our journey, we arrived at our destination at 3 a.m. and found the woman unconscious and practically moribund from Puerpural Septicaemia. Could do nothing for her. There was no barn available to shelter my horse, but at last a fish house was found into which he was forced, and a neighbour kindly brought him an armful of hay. There was no bed in the house except the one on which the dying woman was lying. Wrapping myself in my overcoat, I laid down on the floor by the stove, and was soon sleeping soundly. And what remuneration did I receive for all hardship? Believe it or not, not one black cent. Next day, drove to Neil's Harbour and was soon located in a house and office, previ? ously used by my predecessor Dr. Cochrane. Had many experiences, some serious, some amusing, during my two and one half years sojourn in this district. One of the first was that of a man who way? laid me on the road and asked me to visit him at his house, claiming he had "some? thing wrong with his behind." Examination disclosed that he was suffering from hemor? rhoids. Gave him a box of suppositories and instructions as to their use. Did not see the man again for two weeks, when I happened to meet him on the road. "Well, how are you getting along?" I asked. He scowled at me and replied, "Doctor, you are no dom good." "Hello, what's the matter now," I replied. "Matter," he growled, "I ate every one of them dom little candies you gave me and my behind is as bad as ever." A case of dire possibilities but absolutely necessary was called to my attention. I was called upon to attend a woman who had a three month's abortion. The foetus had been expelled but the placenta was retained and bleeding was profuse. Tried to remove it with my fingers but failed. Then in a small room, 6x7, lighted only by two panes of dirty glass, and absolutely unaided, I per- HORYL'S Superior Sausage Co. ??td. 21 Union Hwy. • NEW WATERFORD • B1H 4K4 Phone 862-7177 or 862-7178 Some of our fine products include: * Polish Sausage ft"''P ' * Salami * Kolbassa * Garlic Bologna ''P'''"' * Hot Pepperoni * White Pudding ''''' * Medium Hot Pepperoni * Black Pudding '''*' * Sliced Pizza Pepperoni We take pride in using only the finest government inspected meats, and the care it takes to make our sausages. When you ask for HoryVs, you get the best. > SPECIALIZING IN QUALITY DELI MEATS FOR OVER 60 YEARS ? | formed a cu? rettage. Gave the woman chloroform and then with a blunt cur? ette, removed the placenta and packed. Result, O.K. Another rath? er serious case: I was called upon to confine a woman, but the way was long and the roads were bad. With the result that the child was Young Dr. Miller born and the placenta expelled before I ar? rived. Entering the door a woman in atten? dance yelled, "Good God, Doctor, she's bleeding to death." One glance was suffi? cient. The blood was pouring away as from a pitcher. Without waiting even to remove my overcoat, I plunged my right hand into the uterus, and with my left on the "fundus," vigorously kneaded the uterus. The hemor- FOOTCARE FOOTWEAR WEEK: Sept. 13-17 • Footcare Nurse • :all ??or appt. in Footcare Week: Jake Gale • S39-5100 Footmaxx SHOES! Systems for Custom Arch Supports • 10% Seniors • Up'to-Date Stock of Stylish Shoes Complete Line of ORTHOPEDIC SHOES for Men, Women, and Children c CANES -WALKERS' ??CRUTCHES J CAPE BRETON BRACE LTD. 66 Cornwallis Street, Sydney, NS • 539-5100 •
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