The other day I was "terping" for a client and I started thinking about the specialty field.
We're very fortunate to have many specialists that practice here in little ole Allegan but it didn't used to be that way.
When I was a kid and my dad practiced medicine here he was a GP; general practitioner. He set bones, delivered babies, diagnosed serious illnesses/conditions, etc.
The only specialist, to my recollection, that we had in those days was a general surgeon.
The other big change for Allegan is the Allegan Medical Clinic. My father was a "stand-alone-doc." Now, with the exception of two physicians (that I know of) everyone is hanging out at the clinic.
Another little issue (I'm not complaining - just an observation) is that the medical people don't have the opportunity to look you in the eye anymore. Everyone has a laptop that needs tending to. All your history and current problems are entered with no eye contact.
There are many benefits to the new setups, for sure, it's just a change and difficult for many.
There's no looking back so we need to buck up and move forward.
The "boy doctor" came to Allegan in 1949.