By Pam Belluck
With a Foreword through Nathaniel Philbrick, writer of the bestseller In the center of the Sea
If you wish an appendectomy, he can do it with a stone scalpel he carved himself. when you have a not anyone can diagnose—“creeping eruption” perhaps—he can determine what it truly is, and deal with it. a toddler with toe-tourniquet syndrome, a human leg that’s washed ashore, a horse with Lyme disorder, a narcoleptic falling face-first on the street, a hermit residing underground—hardly something is off-limits for Dr. Timothy J. Lepore.
This is the lively, precise tale of a colourful, contrarian health care professional at the world-famous island of Nantucket. Thirty miles out to sea, in a strikingly offbeat position identified for prosperous summer season humans but additionally domestic to independent-minded, idiosyncratic year-rounders, Lepore holds the lifetime of the island, frequently really actually, in his fingers. He’s health practitioner, health worker, soccer crew health care provider, tick specialist, unofficial psychologist, unintentional murder detective, occasional veterinarian. whilst challenge moves, he’s deeply involved.
He’s taken care of Jimmy Buffett, Chris Matthews, and numerous Kennedy family, yet he makes residence demands someone and shall we humans pay him nothing—or whatever: oatmeal raisin cookies, a weather-beaten .44 Magnum, an image of a Nepalese shaman.
Lepore will be arguable and contradictory, espousing conservative perspectives whereas appearing abortions and giving sufferers marijuana cookies. He has strange spare time activities: he’s a gun enthusiast, roadkill collector, and concocter of interests like knitting dog-hair sweaters.
<p style="text-indent: 0.5in;" class="MsoNormal">Ultimately, Island Practice is ready a physician completely necessary to a group at a time while medication is more and more money-driven and impersonal. Can he stay a maverick at the same time a healthcare chain subsumes his health center? each neighborhood has—or, a few may say, needs—a health care professional Lepore, and his island’s force to keep individuality in a cookie-cutter international is echoed around the state.