Secrets (#03 in Bryson City Series)
More enchanting tales of the people and events that shaped a young doctor's life and faith during his early practice in the Smoky Mountains . . .There are places in Bryson City where the smell of home cooking is a...
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More enchanting tales of the people and events that shaped a young doctor's life and faith during his early practice in the Smoky Mountains . . .There are places in Bryson City where the smell of home cooking is a little too tempting for an empty stomach. Don't, for instance, pass the Fryemont Inn when the windows are open--not unless you plan to come inside and enjoy fresh-baked rolls, gourmet cooking, and an owner who is as warm and inviting as the food. She's just one of the friendly faces you'll meet in Bryson City Secrets. Told with winsome humor and deep affection, Bryson City Secrets is a story-lover's delight, continuing Dr. Walt Larimore's reminiscences of his early years of country medical practice. So, pull up a chair and feast on this rich fare of Smoky Mountain personalities, highland wisdom, and all the tears, laughter, tenderness, faith, courage, and misadventures of small-town life.
This third book in a series chronicling a young doctor in rural mountain practice immerses us once again in the lives of Dr. Walt Larimore and his family as an unexpected turn of events compels them to leave Bryson City.
Bryson City Secrets Copyright 2006 by Walt Larimore Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Larimore, Walter L. Bryson City secrets : even more tales of a small-town doctor in the Smoky Mountains / Walt Larimore. p. cm. ISBN-10: 0-310-26633-5 (hardcover) ISBN-13: 978-0-310-26633-4 (hardcover) 1. Larimore, Walter L. 2. Physicians - North Carolina - Bryson City - Biography. 3. Medicine, Rural - North Carolina - Bryson City. I. Title. R154.L267A3 2005 610'.92 - dc22 2005017451 This edition printed on acid-free paper. Some Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. Some Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible: Today's New International VersionTM. Copyright 2001, 2005 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means - electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other - except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Published in association with the literary agency of Alive Communications, Inc., 7680 Goddard Street, Suite 200, Colorado Springs, CO 80920. Interior design by Michelle Espinoza Printed in the United States of America 06 07 08 09 10 11 - 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 We want to hear from you. Please send your comments about this book to us in care of firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you. chapter one BLOODY MESS Hey, Walt." I recognized Rick's voice on the other end of the line. Rick Pyeritz and I were both family physicians and had practiced together for four years. Before moving to Bryson City in 1981, we had been family medicine residents together at Duke University Medical Center. "What's up?" I asked him. "I need some help, partner. I'm over in the ER sewing up a woman who stabbed herself several times. When the EMTs brought her in, she was hysterical, so I had to sedate her pretty heavily. Anyway, Don and Billy said she apparently murdered her husband in their home and then tried to do herself in. Since I'm going to be here awhile, would you be willing to go to the crime scene and do the medical examiner's report?" My heart began to beat a bit more quickly, as it always did when I received a call from the emergency room or a summons to the scene of a crime, and I suspected that the suspense of the unknown - of the surprises one might find waiting - would keep on giving me a sense of nervousness and trepidation every time a call came. Nevertheless, I tried to sound cool, calm, and collected. It's a skill doctors are taught early in their training. "Be glad to help, Rick. Where's the house?" "It's up a hollow just off Deep Creek. Don and Billy are taking the ambulance back over there. They say you can follow them." "Let me throw on some scrubs. Five minutes?" "I'll have them wait in their unit at the end of your driveway." "Sounds good, Rick." I hung up the phone and walked to our bedroom to put on my scrubs. I smiled as I looked at the bedroom furniture I had given to Barb, my wife, for our tenth wedding anniversary over a year earlier. Right out of medical school in Durham, North Carolina, we had moved to this quaint little house in this charming village with our then nearly three-year-old daughter, Kate. Bryson City is the county seat of Swain County, in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. The county is spread over 550 square miles,
Dr. Walt Larimore has been a medical journalist since 1995. He hosted a nationally syndicated health news feature and has appeared on NBC's The Today Show; CBS Good Morning; CNN Headline News and PBS' Family Works. He practiced family medicine for over twenty years, served as a volunteer physician for the U.S. Olympic Committee, and has been named in Distinguished Physicians of America, Best Doctors in America, and Who's Who in Healthcare and Medicine. He has written or co-written a dozen books, including: Bryson City Tales, Alternative Medicine, 10 Essentials of Highly Healthy People, The Honeymoon Of Your Dreams and His Brain, Her Brain.