Barry Ladd, M.D. –
Meet Barry Ladd, a family physician who practiced medicine for thirty years in a small town in Illinois. He calls it “Our Town,” because the residents, including himself, so personally identified with the community. The people were mostly farmers and mill hands who worked in nearby industry. They were, until recently, comparatively isolated.
The population grew by reproduction rather than by immigration. The typical pattern was to marry your high school sweet-heart, move to a house three blocks from mama, and make babies. These children, in turn, grew up and repeated the cycle. In the thirty years that Ladd practiced in “Our Town,” he delivered fifteen hundred babies and recorded one hundred and eighty thousand office visits. He delivered the babies of the babies, and took care of four generations in the same family.
During his career, Ladd was a participant and an observer. He saw how personal events and decisions played out over time. He tells his readers what he saw, heard, and felt. These are all true stories. Some are composites of several people. The names have been changed.
Come, make the rounds with Dr. Ladd. But come quietly, please, you are an observer
“He has been able to look into the soul of his subjects and translate his vision into stories.” Downers Grove Reporter, Illinois
“It’s easy reading, and it’s intriguing. Once opened, it is hard to put down.” Lemont Illinois Notes
“Ladd’s vignettes of small town Midwestern life are incisive as a scalpel, alternately funny, weird, wistful and sad.” Chicago Tribune
DR. BARRY LADD was educated in the New York public schools. He attended the University of New Hampshire, and later was awarded an M.D. degree from the State University of New York College of Medicine at Syracuse. He served as an intern at the Fitzsimmons Army Hospital, in Denver, and as a Flight Surgeon for the United States Air Force in Japan before moving to “Our Town” to begin a medical practice that he treasured for thirty years.
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