This collection of stories, though fiction, is a rich depiction of Maine people--doctors, nurses, patients, and families--and their stories ring true in every sense. The cover photograph is of a "left-handed house" referred to in the story "Left-handed Favor," of the Biddeford-Saco general practitioner who used a secret code with his office and local pharmacist to help indigent patients.
In other stories:
A Jewish atheist tells an "innocent tale" to a dying young girl. While fly-fishing, two old doctors drink fine wine from jelly glasses and consume dropped-eggs on hash and grouse about the sorry state of education today.
An old country doctor, at Death's door, tells a young colleague a love story, and shows him how to live. Glossary of medical terms included. Hardcover. 254 pgs.