by Don Chaney

Don Chaney is the former mayor and a long-time resident of Crane.

Article #55
Taken from the Crane News, published October 14, 1999.


     Medical and surgical technique has changed dramatically since the 1940's.  I had a hernia surgery in Dr. Robinson's clinic about 1943.  I was in the hospital 10 days and off my feet at home for two weeks.  I know I didn't dream this for Paul Simon of Crane told me he went through the same procedure at about the same place and at the same time.  Now hernia surgery is an outpatient deal.  Do it in the morning, walk out and go home for lunch - never go to bed with it.  I call this era BA (before antibiotics).  A sore throat called for an iodine swab.  I think pencillin was one of the first discovered new medicines.  To my way of thinking, this was one of the greatest discoveries since the Stone Age when man first learned to throw a rock.  I am told that this operation took thousands of years to learn.  Of course, with my luck I turned out to be very allergic to the miracle drug.  Still am, durnit!

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