William T Close MD
Meadowlark Springs Productions,
recommended 5 stars
"A Doctor's Life" is
a compilation of some of the experiences realized by Dr. William
T Close over his long and varied career. Part 1 of the book
is a series of 8 anecdotes covering the years 1947 to 1960 when
Dr. Close was practicing in New York City. Pilot Close flew
a C-47 in a troop carrier squadron in Normandy soon after the
invasion. His return to the US and Harvard grades too low to
admit him to medical school prompted Close to attend Columbia
night school and to elicit a letter of recommendation from his
industrialist father in law. Mr. Moore wrote, "My son-in-law
wants to become a doctor. I have no use whatsoever for the profession.
However, his determination is such that I imagine he will make
a good physician." Close's sense of humor is revealed as
he tells the reader, "I am sure the letter … played
a major part of my acceptance. As Dr. Close continued his work
he once again felt a call in another direction. "The prospect
of a 'world mission' that would change people and nations impelled
me to resign from my surgical residency at Roosevelt…"
The years between 1960 - 1976 are related in the 13 often poignant
episodes of Part 2. Part 3 carries the reader to the present
day as Dr. Close continues his work. Since his return to the
US Dr. Close has lived in Montana.
In "A Doctor's Life"
Dr. Close presents a very entertaining, at times heartfelt, picture
of a doctor who has faced life with humor and passion. Writer
Close's narrative is readable, captivating and fills the reader
with a good feeling for having read the narrative. Close captures
his characters from the prim, but tipsy, little NYC lady wearing
her pillbox hat to The Mango kid in far off Africa in a delicate
balance between revealing too much and stating too little. Some
of the people Dr. Close treated were not of the 'upper crust'
of society. All are presented in an even handed, absorbing manner
by a writer who obviously has enjoyed a lifetime engaged in the
work he loves.