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Medicine Men: Extreme Appalachian Doctoring [Kindle Edition]

Carolyn Jourdan
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Book Description

Medicine Men follows Wall Street Journal bestselling Heart in the Right Place which was also ranked #1 on Amazon in Biography, Memoir, Science, and Medicine in August and September 2012.

This book is a collection of the most memorable moments from old-school rural physicians who each practiced medicine for more than 50 years in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Hilarious, heroic, heartwarming true stories of miracle cures, ghost dogs, and much madcap medical mayhem.

Jourdan's work is often compared to James Herriot and Bill Bryson. Her first book is on hundreds of lists of best books of the year, best book club books, and funniest books. Heart in the Right Place was chosen as Family Circle magazine's first ever Book of the Month, won the Elle magazine Reader's Prize, and reached #7 on the Wall Street Journal Nonfiction Bestseller. Her most recent book, Bear in the Back Seat, reached #9 on the Wall Street Journal Nonfiction Bestseller list.

Editorial Reviews


  • #9 Wall Street Journal Bestseller and #1 Amazon Bestseller, Bear in the Back Seat (December 2013)
  • #7 Wall Street Journal Bestseller and #1 Amazon Bestseller, Heart in the Right Place (September 2012)
  • Heart in the Right Place chosen as first ever Book of the Month by Family Circle magazine
  • Awarded Readers Prize by Elle magazine
  • Featured selection of most major national book clubs
  • Best Book of the Year Literary Guild
  • Best Book Club Book of the Year American Booksellers Association
  • Great Books About Extraordinary People Great Books, Great Libraries
  • Great Read Great Readers Advisory 
  • Top 5 Most Fun Book Ever Shelf Awareness
  • Top Summer Read New York Public Library
  • Starred Review in Publishers Weekly -- "Jourdan's dispatches from the reception desk make for a stirring, beautiful memoir that is alternately hilarious and heartbreaking, and ultimately a triumph."
  • "This is a soul-touching memoir filled with memorable Southern characters, plus plenty of country humor, but mostly a memoir about character -- the transformative power of selfless acts in forgotten places far from the spotlight." John Marshall --Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  • "Heartwarming, funny and utterly appealing."  Fannie Flagg -- Author of Fried Green Tomatoes 
  • "This is a wonderful book. I would have enjoyed it even if Carolyn wasn't a neighbor of mine in East Tennessee. She is a great writer."  Dolly Parton -- Singer, Songwriter, and Actress

About the Author

Carolyn is a former U.S. Senate Counsel to the Committee on Environment and Public Works and the Committee on Governmental Affairs. She has degrees from the University of Tennessee in Biomedical Engineering and Law. Carolyn lives on the family farm in Strawberry Plains, Tennessee, with many stray animals. She is a popular speaker on television, radio, and in person.

Product Details

  • File Size: 336 KB
  • Print Length: 164 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0988564319
  • Publisher: Athenaeus Media (December 10, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A9L3E62
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,372 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming! November 18, 2012
By Elrond
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A wonderful follow-up to 'Heart in the Right Place', this book is poignant, funny, sad and always inspiring. These are human stories of heroism, compassion, love and endurance in the face of insurmountable obstacles. Stories like this make us feel good about the world and humanity in general - something sorely needed! I highly recommend it!
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctors without technology are still doctors November 23, 2012
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This book is about the heroic response country doctors make to the absurd, or terrifying, situations they find themselves in - which can happen in the Appalachians. It's about the laying on of hands. Caring for people and touching things we might prefer to run away from. We don't normally think of doctors as priests as they were in ancient times but we get a sense of it in this book. For me it is Christ at work in the head, hearts and hands of the characters Carolyn describes. Don't pass this one by.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I didn't have to put it down November 23, 2012
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I downloaded this morning and only had time to read through chapter 4 and have already laughed out loud (several times) and cried and can't wait to get back to it. Events of the day made me put it down, but I am hoping for my normal 2 a.m. wakefulness so I can get back to this very good read.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Restores one's faith in mankind! December 12, 2012
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A very heartwarming book full of little tales about various Appalachian Doctors over the past century. The author is the daughter of one of the old doctors of the Appalachians. The stories are very believable and will easily transport you back to a time when doctors actually made house calls.. even to homes that were way out in the middle of nowhere. These were men who were true healers. Doctors who cared deeply about the health of their patients. Many times.. accepting no pay at all.. or taking nearly anything the family had to offer.. even if it was a pet raccoon! I loved the story about the fellow who left the Appalachians and made quite a success out of himself.. then.. came back to pay for not only his OWN birth.. but, that of all of his siblings.. Nearly three decades later! Stories like that.. just give you such a warm feeling! Excellent book!! One that I'd highly recommend to anyone that needs a lift to their spirits.. and to restore their faith in mankind!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Portrait December 9, 2012
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You can't make this stuff up! For those, like me, who live and love this region of the U.S., there are no surprises. It's about a place south of the sweet-tea line (that place where waitresses ask you if you want tea but tell you that you have to sweeten it yourself). Here, we have friends with names like Snake, Rabbit, or Turtle. We all have heard accounts of highly successful doctors who chose to practice in the area when they could have made their fortunes as specialists in cities just minutes or hours away. This is a wonderful collection of such stories and a tribute to the unselfishness and humanity of these professionals.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They Don't Make Them Like This Anymore December 2, 2012
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Carolyn Jourdan writes about a vanishing breed of doctors who not only made house calls, but also risked life and limb to care for isolated folks in nearly inaccessible parts of eastern Tennessee. Most of the doctors that she interviewed for "Medicine Men" are gone now. But they left behind stories as touching as the heroic World War II vet who was convinced the Marines were after him for desertion - or as hilarious as the woman in childbirth whose filthy bed in a remote mountain shack was guarded by her vicious pet groundhogs. You won't find such extraordinary true tales anywhere else, and Jourdan - who was born and raised in eastern Tennessee, and returned from a cushy Washington, D.C. job to live in the area once again - creates wonderfully rich and sympathetic portraits of larger-than-life physicians and patients alike. Don't miss this gem - or I might just have to sic a groundhog on you.
- Bob Tarte, Author of "Kitty Cornered" and "Enslaved by Ducks"
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Stories of True Healing December 6, 2012
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It does seem that the more modern medicine advances in technology, the further it retreats from the true meaning of healing--treating, and knowing and loving and respecting the *whole patient*, including the person, the place, the circumstances, the life being lived or, in some cases, the life being eased to its end. These old doctors knew that, and lived it, right alongside their patients, and Carolyn captures it in vignettes that will make you laugh, smile, tear up, sit stunned for a moment, and remember forever.

Unlike her brilliant first book, "Heart in the Right Place," in which the author herself was smack in the middle of the action, in "Medicine Men," Carolyn mostly steps aside and lets her subjects star in their own delightful tales. Such a subtle and deft, light touch upon this type of storytelling is a rare talent in itself and she masters it. This is an author I will definitely collect. And heartily recommend. And await the next book in gleeful and less than patient (err, so to speak) anticipation!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Medicine Men: Extreme Appalachian Doctoring December 12, 2012
By Harriet
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Some years ago I spent time in the Appalachian region with the CAP program and loved the Appalachian people and their philosophic approach to life. The stories really touched a soft spot in my heart and I truly admire the author's way of sharing her stories in this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars simple tales
These stories sounded like ones told in a family reunion, or around a campfire. Some were funny, but most were just okay.
Published 1 day ago by Toledo Mulder
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and heartwarming
This book is a must read for the down to earth stories it has. There are all varieties from humorous to sad, and simple to amazing.
Published 4 days ago by Patricia Hirayanagi
5.0 out of 5 stars great feel-good read
Wonderful, endearing stories of an era gone by. Also fascinating details about Appalachia I'd never known evem though I've lived nearby for decades.
Published 6 days ago by libertymom4
5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't Want It To End
I like her writing, in that it's like a friend is telling you little stories about different doctors trying to practice medicine in a very rural area. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Felix&Stella
1.0 out of 5 stars Medicine men
This book is not what I was hoping for. I hoped for more medical stories and the book seemed short.
Published 11 days ago by Sue Bronk
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast moving
I liked the idea of the short stories, that made each doctor's story more interesting. It brought to light how difficult and rewarding these doctors' work really is.
Published 13 days ago by Christine Koss
1.0 out of 5 stars Really ??
Lost interest quickly. Being a nurse I thought I'd enjoy this but I didn't. Won't read Carolyn Jourdan again .
Published 17 days ago by Carol Kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Medicine Men
What a great book. Enjoyed all the stories of very dedicated doctors. I would recommend it to everyone as a good read.
Published 17 days ago by Peg B
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
This book is not one to keep you reading to the end at one sitting but fun. Experiences described were well written.
Published 21 days ago by Kathy Schern
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice
Solid, entertaining, warn hearted, I would recommend this book for anyone who is interested in a different way of life.
Published 22 days ago by Albert Do
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More About the Author

Carolyn Jourdan has two Wall Street Journal bestselling books and is also a #1 Amazon Bestselling Author.

Her first book: "Heart in the Right Place" is a #7 Wall Street Journal Bestseller and was #1 on Amazon in Biography, Memoir, Science, Medicine, and Doctor-Patient Relations.

Her second book, "Medicine Men: Extreme Appalachian Doctoring," was also #1 on Amazon in Biography, Memoir, Science, Medicine, and Doctor-Patient Relations.

Her third book, "Out on a Limb: A Smoky Mountain Mystery," was #1 on Amazon Mystery, Cozy, and Medical Fiction.

Her most recent book is "Bear in the Back Seat: Adventures of a Wildlife Ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park." It is a #9 Wall Street Journal bestseller and #1 on Amazon in Science, Biology, Animals, Bears, and Travel Biography.

Carolyn is a former U.S. Senate Counsel to the Committee on Environment and Public Works and the Committee on Governmental Affairs (now Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs).

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Carolyn has degrees from the University of Tennessee in Biomedical Engineering and Law.

She lives on the family farm in East Knox County, Tennessee, with many stray animals.

She is a popular speaker on television, radio, and in person.

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