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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Brown Books Publishing Group (January 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934812242
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934812242
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,715,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rob Tenery, MD is the third of three generations of physicians whose careers span the last one hundred years. Rob, an ophthalmologist, began his writing career when he authored commentaries about current events that were impacting health care. His expertise representing medical organizations on a local, state, and national level led him to become a monthly contributor to the nationally distributed American Medical News from 1990-1998. From there, he decided to pen Dr. Mayo's Boy, a more comprehensive look at the evolution of his profession. Rob and his wife Janet have two children and four grandchildren. When he is not caring for his patients or lecturing at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, their family enjoys relaxing in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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The story was poignant, at times very funny, and thought-provoking.
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It's an easy and engrossing read; so smooth you'll find it difficult to put down as one scene leads to another.
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As a nurse of 31 years, having worked at W.C. Tenery hospital, with Dr. Mayo.
Nancy Phillips

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 14, 2008
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DR. MAYO'S BOY should be among the required readings for anyone practicing or planning to practice medicine whether as physician, nurse, or in any of the countess associated roles. For that matter anyone engaged in the classic professions - doctor, lawyer, accountant, teacher - and other occupations calling for personal interaction - sales, military, parent, and many others - will benefit from the perspective Dr. Rob Tenery provides.

I have the benefit of knowing all three generations of Tenery physicians portrayed. The author was my school classmate from kindergarten through high school. Dr. Mayo Tenery, his father, led a youth group of which I was a member and was an important influence on my life. The author's grandfather, Dr. W.C. Tenery, moved about Waxahachie, Texas as an iconic figure ushering modern medicine into that somewhat insular community only a few decades after Reconstruction.

While my personal knowledge aids this review, DR. MAYO'S BOY stands on its own as an important and revealing story of social, professional, and economic change, both positive and negative. Its pages speak to dilemmas faced by all conscientious persons whether dressed in the finest white collar suits or the dirtiest blue collar jeans.

The two hundred or so pages flow through vignettes telling the story of three doctors whose combined practices span roughly one hundred years from the early twentieth century to the contemporary initial decade of the twenty-first. It's an easy and engrossing read; so smooth you'll find it difficult to put down as one scene leads to another. While the author divided the book into three parts, I found it split into two, for me quite distinct, sections mid-way through the volume in the midst of Part Two.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary G. Longorio VINE VOICE on March 27, 2009
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Dr. Mayo's Boy: A Century of American Medicine traces the changes in medicine over three generations of health care providers. More than that, it lovingly documents the changes in "small town" Waxahachie (no longer a small town) Texas. Dr. W.C. Tenery, his son, Dr. Mayo Tenery and the author Dr. Rob Tenery have provided medical care for the citizens of Waxahachie over the past three generations. The arrival of W.C. heralded the beginnings of change for the town and its citizens. Not only did he provide care regardless of color, he spearheaded the building of a facility that provided better care for the town's black citizens. Back then, there was plenty of room for "characters" such as the nurse anesthetist who sometimes made the doctors wait till she had finished her other errands. The town knew their doctors and the hospital staff was more than just a name to the physicians. There is a priceless story about the reading of Dr. W.C.'s will. Dr. Mayo joined his father in continuing care for the town, but began to recognize the inevitable changes in medicine....many in the area of administration and governance. Both Dr. Tenerys provided a wide spectrum of care for the entire town. Towards the end of Dr. Mayo's practice more and more practitioners and specialists opened practices. When Dr. Rob was deciding which field to enter, the regulations and demands of the practice weighed as heavily as the actual practice. The first two Dr. Tenerys practiced general medicine and surgery, while the third Dr. Tenery chose a specialty. As medical practices became more specialized, marketed and sophisticated, Tenery noticed the trend towards the loss of the personal touch his father and grandfather had stressed....and which Tenery continues to both teach and strive for in his own practice.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Phillips on February 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book.
As a nurse of 31 years, having worked at W.C. Tenery hospital, with Dr. Mayo. I couldn't help but love this story.
The Tenery's, Dr. W.C. and Mayo were great doctors, as is their son/grandson...Rob. I was fortunate enough to have been a patient of all three. The compassion these men showed their patients is well documented in this book. I would say this is an excellent read, for anyone.
This true story, made me wish for a time long ago, when all Dr.'s had to be concerned with, was a patients health.

Sinecerely;
Nancy Beckham Phillips R.N.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Carter on December 14, 2008
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This book provides the reader insight into a doctor's passion for his work that keeps young people wanting to pick medicine as a career. Simply and respectfully told from the point of view of an insider who grew up seeing his father and grandfather exhausted but fulfilled, Dr. Tenery lets the public in on what it is like to be actually living the life of a small town surgeon. The real story of segregation in America and what a difference two highly trained and dedicated men quietly made to the lives of their fellow black citizens is told with loving respect. Dr. Tenery then brings the reader into 21st Century medicine with its miracles and dilemmas. Dr. Mayo's Boy is sure to take its place alongside other great American social narratives.
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I bought this book in the optical shop adjacent to my ophthalmologist's office as I was waiting for my eye exam. I wanted to read it upon hearing that the author was MY very doctor! However, I am giving you a truly unbiased opinion when I say: READ THIS BOOK. IT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT. I enjoyed it so much and found it to be a marvelous, fascinating, easy read that I didn't want to put down-- and looked forward to picking back up when I did. The story was poignant, at times very funny, and thought-provoking. It brought back so many memories while at the same time, Dr. Tenery's story is so relevant today.

Dr. Mayo's Boy is an autobiography of sorts explaining what it was like growing up as the child and grandchild of two small town Texas physicians. Dr. Tenery's dad and grand-father were "old timey" doctors--the kind that made house calls in the middle of the night. They were men selflessly dedicated to their profession as they put the welfare of their patient first--first, in front of their own needs and first, in front of the needs of their own families. Not only were they there to treat their patients' physical well-being, but also put the patients' emotional well-being on equal par. The core principle of their philosophy was the importance of developing an uncompromising, irrevocable trust as the fulcrum of the doctor patient relationship.

This is the way it worked in the past--but has this traditional way of practicing medicine become a dinosaur as medicine has progressed into the 21st century? Has compassion in many of today's doctors' bed-side manner gone the way of the buggy whip? This is the book's real purpose--to awaken the reader to the distance between what used to be and what is...
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