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Doctor Woman of the Cumberlands

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Autobiography of May Cravath Wharton, M.D. Dr. Wharton went to Pleasant Hill, Tennessee in 1917 and stayed for more than 60 years. She talks about her medical practice and the building of a hospital and health care in a rural area.
Paperback, 218 pages
Published 2005 by Uplands
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Marcia Scott
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
So interesting! Her descriptions of the conditions she lived and worked in put the reader right there in the cold of winter, the heavy rain, the flooded creeks. I could imagine the scary bridges and the fear of falling. In the homes with paper lined log walls in the back of beyond. What a difference she and her staff made in the lives of the people of “The Cumberlands”!
Jeffrey Hammerhead
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, reference
Excellent book about the hardships and lives of the people living on the Cumberland Plateau in the early 1900s and of Dr May's dream of quality health care. ...more
Em Chitty
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
May Cravath Wharton, an early female M.D., transformed the landscape of the Upper Cumberland Plateau from her arrival at the end of World War I to the 1950s, when she was able to open the area's first real hospital.

Wharton was a doctor, not a writer, so there is no purple in her prose. But the narrative she tells is arresting enough for anyone, with the additional benefit that it is true.

She describes, as if writing case notes, the utter poverty of the Appalachian people at the time--people so
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Judy
Mar 22, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a book suggested by one of my church book club members who lived at the Uplands retirement community, the ultimate result of Dr. Wharton's efforts. It is an interesting book about the woman who came to the mountain community and created a medical network of hospitals, outreach clinics, and health centers. It was amazing what she was able to do with a little faith and some very helpful friends. I found the book interesting, especially the role faith played in the success of the venture. ...more
Rachel Weis
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I couldn't put this down. A completely captivating autobiography written by a true pioneer. Dr. Wharton single-handedly brought healthcare to Cumberland County, Tennessee. She left a comfortable life in New England to brave mud roads, rope bridges, wilderness terrain to bring medical care to people who desperately needed it. Thanks to her lifetime devotion to this task Crossville, TN has a large modern hospital today. Inspiring and humbling true story. ...more
Lori
Oct 20, 2009 rated it liked it
Interesting autobiography of a woman Dr. who went to a rural area in the Cumberlands to practice as a Dr. and how she built a hospital and health care in a area where little was available. At times I would have liked a little more details about the illness's described (I am a nurse). Amazing what one person can do. The book covers 60 years from 1917 up to almost the present. ...more
Dulci
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, young-adult
What a neat book. Living very close to the area where these events took place, I found Dr. Wharton's account of life in rural Tennessee in the early 1900's very interesting. Recommended by my librarian. Thanks, Ms. Carolyn! ...more
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