“Dr. Ceriani begins to work soon after 8 o’clock and often continues far into the night. He serves as physician, surgeon, obstetrician, pediatrician, psychiatrist, dentist, oculist, and laboratory technician. Like most rural g.p.s [general practitioner] he has no vacations and takes few days off, although unlike them he has a small hospital in which to work…

Although he is only 32, he is already slightly stooped, leaning forward as he hurries from place to place as though heading into a strong wind. His income from covering a dozen fields is less than a city doctor makes by specializing in only one. But Ceriani is compensated by the affection of his patients and neighbors.”

Dr. Ernest Ceriani was the only doctor in the small community of Kremmling, Colorado in the middle of the 20th century. In this photograph, he’s taking a break after a long surgery. 

Source: http://100photos.time.com/photos/country-doctor-w-eugene-smith &

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