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Paperback: 256 pages / Publisher: Gomer Press / Published: 31 Oct 2011

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      26.02.2013 11:45
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      This is like Dr Finley set in Wales - but all true.

      ===The Book===

      Written by Roger Penn
      Paperback: 256 pages
      Publisher: Gomer Press (31 Oct 2011)
      ISBN - 978-1848514263


      Full price £12.99 but currently £8.95 on Amazon.

      ===About the Book===

      Dolycwrt, Whitland
      A hundred years of doctor's surgery in Whitland - a little town in West Carmarthenshire, West Wales.

      Roger's father had been the famous Dr Penn of Dolycwrt, Whitland, and Roger now lived there.

      Roger had spent 34 years in the banking business but was now back living in Dolycwrt, Whitland - the famous old doctor's surgery opposite the Primary School.

      After retirement Roger had approached the Primary School to look at the log books - these books showed what a close connection there had been in years past between the school and the doctors surgery - there were references to when the school was closed due to epidemics and also notes of when the doctor called.

      Roger traces 100 years of the doctor's surgery at Dolycwrt - from November 1898 until when the little surgery finally closed in November 1998.

      Living at Dolycwrt Roger was lucky to have access to the old deeds of the property and he found that in November 1898 a physician, Dr John Thomas Creswick Williams took on the property leasehold - it was then called Prospect House. Dr Creswick WIlliams was the first medical man to own Prospect House on the banks of the River Gronw.

      Whitland was a very busy place in those days - due mainly to the railway.

      Roger traces the various doctors who worked at dolycwrt and unearths many interesting facts -
      Dr Owen died in 1937 and his gravestone calls him 'The Beloved Physician'. The park in Whitland is called 'Parc Dr Owen' in his memory.
      William Churchhill came to Whitland in 1940 and some interesting anecdotes are related.
      In 1948 the National Health Service came into being - exactly half way through Dolycwrt's 100 year history.
      Dr George Penn, the author's father, came to work here in the 1950s.

      Dr Penn worked tirelessly in Whitland and continued his practice at Dolycwrt even after the new surgery, Meddygfa Taf, was built at the bottom of North Road.

      Sadly, with Dr Penn's retirement and the quick resignation of Dr Hood, who was his replacement, the surgery at Dolycwrt closed in 1998 - thus bringing an end its 100 year connection with medicine.

      ===More About Dr George Penn===

      Roger has written a second book which focuses on his father's life. Entitled 'Beyond the Call of Duty' and is also for sale on Amazon and elsewhere.

      ===My Opinion===

      This is a very well researched book which documents the medical men who worked in Whitland for 100 years. These men embodied the meaning of the 'country doctor' as they not only catered to the medical needs of their patients but were also got closely involved with the running and day to day events of the area. Dr Owen gave land which is still used for recreation today and even many locals will I am sure learn much about their little town from this book.

      This is not just a book for those only interested in medical matters but is a snapshot of a way of life that has now vanished (just imagine people pulling a doctor and his wife in a cart from a railway station to their home after marriage today?), plus there are many comments and anecdotes from local people.

      This is reminiscent of the times of Dr Finley's Casebook, when the village doctor's knew everyone and also cared for them.

      A great read and tribute to a now bygone age.


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