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Call the Doctor
by Ronald White-Cooper
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Macmillan, 2014 (2014)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Ronald White-Cooper was born in Grahamstown, South Africa in 1892. Emigrating to London, he studied medicine at St. Bartholomew's Hospital. He served as a doctor on the Western Front between 1916 and 1918.

During his whole career, he wrote of his daily life, and his memoirs were later found in a trunk in his attic. His granddaughter, Deborah White-Cooper, a trained journalist, edited his account of a doctor at work. Call the Doctor is the result.

After World War I ended, he became a GP and worked in Dartmouth, Devon, until, in 1949, he and his wife returned to South Africa. He died in 1976, leaving behind a history of the mark he left on life and on those whom he helped, in one way or another, back to health - or helped leave this life as gently as he could.

Call the Doctor is full of reminiscences of a dedicated physician and of those who came to him in sickness and pain. He had many times when he felt at a loss to help and others when he could do little but laugh at the complaints that were brought to the door of his surgery. It's a delightful rendering of a man's life and his impact on his world.

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