Wednesday, March 19, 2014

An Irish country doctor by Patrick Taylor



In honour of St. Patrick’s Day, I’ve chosen an Irish theme.

 An Irish country doctor is the first title in a series of books set in a medical practice in Ballybucklebo Northern Ireland, in the 60’s.  With the exception of the assistant doctor, Dr Barry Laverty, everyone is a wee bit eccentric.  Dr Laverty is a new medical school graduate when he takes a position as assistant to Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly.  Dr. O’Reilly is the main character and a character he is.   One of their regular patients, Maggie MacCorkle,  has a persistent pain, the cure for which is somewhat unorthodox.  Mrs. Kincaid, known as Kinky, serves as the doctor’s housekeeper/receptionist/nurse. She is also a wee bit fey – that is, she can, at times, see into the future.  The pet cat is known as Lady Macbeth, and the dog is named Arthur Guinness.   Included in most of the books are Kinky’s recipes for whatever the doctors favourite dishes are at the moment.  Interspersed with homespun common sense and true scientific doctoring the doctors see to the well being of their patients.  

This series is strongly recommended by our head librarian, who says “Tis a fine read indeed”.

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