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It's Probably Nothing: More Adventures of a Vermont Country Doctor

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It's Probably Nothing continues the tale woven by Dr. Beach Conger in his first book, Bag Balm and Duct Tape. This new collection sees Conger and his wife yearning for new challenges and relocating to the suburbs of Philadelphia after 25 years in mythical Dumster, Vermont. Conger gamely takes a job in a teaching hospital in the poorest part of the city and gets to ...more
Paperback, 255 pages
Published September 9th 2011 by Chelsea Green Publishing Company (first published August 31st 2011)
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Feb 10, 2012 Rosemarie rated it really liked it
This is a story of two quite different medical practices, told in lightly amusing anecdotes and musings by a doctor who moved from a rural town to a big city teaching hospital and back again.

Dr. Beach Conger and his Norwegian wife had initially left California to move to rural Vermont many years ago. The doctor, an internist who had functioned in California as a self-described maitre d', directing savvy health care consumers to the appropriate specialists, found general practice in rural Vermont
Jul 02, 2012 Bobbi rated it liked it
This is one of the wonderful books I discovered during the many delightful hours I spent in Northshire Bookstore during Booktopia Manchester. The stories are varied and interesting, introducing the reader to several local residents of Dumster, the small Vermont town where the author has lived and worked for most of the past thirty-five years. His respect for his patients, and his love of Vermont come through loud and clear.

He also writes about the five years he spent in Philadelphia, practicing
Cyndi Beane-Henry
Oct 18, 2011 Cyndi Beane-Henry rated it it was amazing
It's Probably Nothing - Beach Conger, MD

IT'S PROBABLY NOTHING - More Adventures of a Vermont Country Doctor
Beach Conger, MD
copyright 2011 by Beach Conger, MD
Chelsea Green Publishing
Published on 30-percent postconsumer recycled paper.

I was enamored with this book! I found it lively and anecdotal.

As a retired nurse I was totally able to relate with Dr. Conger's stories of the amazing country folk of Vermont. [I have many tales of my own which I was able to relate to some of his characters!]

Nov 14, 2013 Astin rated it really liked it

Dr Conger uses this book to relate wonderful vignettes that highlight the life of a Vermont country doctor. In this book, he also relates stories from the 5 years he spent in 'Other Philadelphia' (read, the not-so-wealthy side of the tracks). The stories make me tear up, swell with pride, or just have a feel-good moment where a complicated subject within health, illness, health care, or society in general is laid bare and for a moment, understood, thanks to the lens of his patients and the autho
Gretchen Kruesi
Aug 23, 2011 Gretchen Kruesi rated it it was amazing
What a great book. It has humor and common sense that you don't see with many doctors. It is a must read. Each chapter is centered around a particular patient and is both funny and poignant. I found myself laughing throughout the book.

Written with great humor, wisdom, common sense, and compassion, It's Probably Nothing is a uniquely American memoir by a very insightful American individualist. I loved it."Duct Tape. This new collection sees Conger and his wife yearning for new challe
Sep 09, 2013 Shana rated it liked it
Dr. Beach Conger is the wise, but humble country doctor whose anecdotes make up this book. He contrasts his work experience in an urban Philadelphia hospital with his practice in rural Dumster, Vermont (not a real town, FYI). The tone of this book is very friendly and approachable. Dr. Conger is quite fond of this patients and their peculiarities, especially if they teach him a thing or two. In a fast-paced and competitive field, he is refreshingly old-fashioned and charmingly so. He believes in ...more
Bill Mutch
Mar 07, 2014 Bill Mutch rated it really liked it
Very fine. Dr. Conger relates episodes and observations from a long career in medicine. He write very, very well, largely because he observes people carefully, accurately and compassionately. His style is spare, yet complete. My copy of this book will find its way to my primary care physician. He's awfully busy, but if his humerus humorous is any where near mine he'll get some therapeutic laughter from it.
Jo Oehrlein
Nov 11, 2012 Jo Oehrlein rated it really liked it
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Mostly true stories of an old-timey internist working in Vermont, but with an interlude in urban Philly.

Reminds me of James Herriot in a lot of ways.

Most chapters are short and self-contained, although there are some that link together. It makes it an easy book to pick up for a few minutes at a time.
Jul 14, 2014 Cmmorrill rated it really liked it
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I really enjoyed this book. I'm not sure how accurate it is but I found it interesting nonetheless.
Mar 15, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
This was a delighful book!
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