Island Practice

Cobblestone Rash, Underground Tom, and Other Adventures of a Nantucket Doctor
Author(s): Pam Belluck
Original Publish Date: Oct 25, 2012
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Product Number: Z100096864
Released: Jun 21, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781481593793
Narrator/s: Joe Barrett
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If you need an appendectomy, he can do it with a stone scalpel he fashioned himself. If you have a condition nobody can diagnose-"creeping eruption" perhaps-he can identify what it is and treat it. A baby with hair tourniquet syndrome, a human leg that's washed ashore, a horse with Lyme disease, a narcoleptic falling face-first in the street, a hermit living underground-hardly anything is off-limits for Dr. Timothy J. Lepore. This is the spirited, true story of a colorful, contrarian doctor on the world-famous island of Nantucket. Thirty miles out to sea, in a strikingly offbeat place known for wealthy summer people but also home to independent-minded, idiosyncratic year-rounders, Lepore holds the life of the island, often quite literally, in his hands. He's surgeon, medical examiner, football team doctor, tick expert, unofficial psychologist, accidental homicide detective, and occasional veterinarian. When crisis strikes, he's deeply involved. Lepore has treated Jimmy Buffett, Chris Matthews, and various Kennedys, but he makes house calls for anyone and lets people pay him nothing-or anything: oatmeal-raisin cookies, a weather-beaten .44 Magnum, a picture of a Nepalese shaman. Lepore can be controversial and contradictory, espousing conservative views while performing abortions and giving patients marijuana cookies. He has unusual hobbies: he's a gun fanatic, roadkill collector, and concocter of pastimes like knitting dog-hair sweaters. Ultimately, Island Practice is about a doctor utterly essential to a community at a time when medicine is increasingly money driven and impersonal. Can he remain a maverick even as a health-care chain subsumes his hospital? Every community has-or, some would say, needs-a Doctor Lepore, and his island's drive to retain individuality in a cookie-cutter world is echoed across the country.

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Author(s): Pam Belluck
Narrator(s): Joe Barrett
Product Number DD5487
Released: Nov 15, 2012
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781470837990

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"Anyone who's ever been to Nantucket Island, off the coast of Massachusetts, knows it's a fiercely independent place that clings to its traditions. There, Dr. Timothy J. Lepore, the island's only surgeon and all-around medical wizard, treats, well, who- or whatever comes his way. Narrator Joe Barrett has just the kind of voice this book requires--gentle, insistent, slightly quirky. He brings the story to life with excellent accents and character portrayals, and he moves the narrative along at a lively pace. Barrett's straightforward delivery, lacking in any satirical tone, reflects the author's respect for the doctor's unorthodox and sometimes contradictory actions. If you've never been to Nantucket, this book will probably make you want to visit. R.I.G. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"