Is There A Doctor in the Country?

In 1932, a resourceful woman named Garnett Lunsford Radin opened the county's first hospital on Old Dixie Highway in a building that burned down in 2006.

The sticky-toed tree frog had fallen from a palm tree. I found him on a frigid morning, motionless and missing a leg. An hour later he began inching himself forward, defrosting and unipod, blinking up at me with the impudence of an amphibian who not only clanks at night like a cowbell but who will almost certainly regenerate a new limb. Unlike the tree frog that can heal itself, we less fortunate humans must rely from time to time on medical intervention.

Like the diamond market in New York City narrowly contained on 47th Street, the majority of medical facilities in Vero Beach also occupies a tight geography, principally the length of 37th Street between Indian River Boulevard and U.S. 1, with the three-winged, five-storied Indian River Medical Center as its anchor. On 128 acres of former citrus groves and thickets of saw palmetto and Spanish needle, a battalion of medical professionals sporting stethoscopes instead of jeweler’s loupes and scrubs instead of tzizit, supply the health care needs of Indian River County.

Read the entire article in the April 2010 issue

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