Doctors Still Making House Calls

I can remember back in the 50’s when my baby sister fell out of her high chair and broke her arm that the family doctor came to the house to check on her.

Over the years the practice of doctors making house calls has decreased steadily although some doctors even today are making house calls.

We can all recall television shows and movies when doctors were shown holding their black bags making house calls and the doctor was almost always an older and very kind person. There was no waiting when the doctor came to your house except waiting for him to drive to your house.

Anyone who has waited in an emergency room for three or four hours only to be told they have an infection would appreciate going back in time to a kinder and gentler time when doctors made their rounds door to door instead of having a waiting room full of patients who are anything but patient after waiting  a long time to see the doctor and then are herded into the doctor’s office for a very brief visit so the doctor can get to the next patient.

Doctors have been recently returning to making house calls like this New Jersey doctor:


Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

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