Medical Care Different In Dr. George’s Time
I have read the articles in the Herald about Dr. George Brown with interest, and since I knew him very well they are very important to me. My Mother was a nurse in his hospital on Panola Street along with Louise Champion, Lottie Johnsey, Laney Fooshee and Mrs. Jolly.
Everything about Dr. George’s hospital was first rate, except there was no elevator in that building. When a patient was to be moved from one floor to the other, the operating room was on the second floor, he would call Ham Henry (Henry Funeral Home) for help and Mr. Gardner (Newman-Gardner Funeral Home) the next time. When Ham Henry got the call I went with him and always had the heavy end of the gurney when moving the patient. I do not believe Charles Cooper intended to criticize Dr. George in any way, but attempted to say that in comparison to today many things were ancient.
Many people today do not know why this Dr. Brown was referred to or addressed as “Dr. George.” His brother, Dr. Leo Brown, was also in practice in Water Valley and so as not to confuse them they were known by their first names; i. e. “Dr. George” and “Dr. Leo.” Both of them were born in Montreal, Canada.
Their father was born in London, England, and was a rector of the Episcopal Church. The father accepted a call to ministry in this area so George and Leo could attend medical school. I have heard the medical school was Vanderbilt in Tennessee or the medical school in Mississippi, I do not know which one they attended. Ludie could have told us. All three of them, father and two sons, are buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Water Valley.
At one time Dr. George was rated as one of the ten top surgeons in the United States. There was an article in Time magazine, I think, that included his name among other doctors. Many of us older folk can attest to his expertise.
Our town was most blessed to have him in practice here. I believe Dr. George should be honored with a plaque, or some form of recognition, in the Yalobusha County Hospital, or another appropriate place. Dr. George was a Prince among men and doctors.
James S. Allen
Water Valley, Miss
Children Victims Of Second Hand Smoke
I attended the Town Council meeting on Tuesday night. There was a proposal put forth on a No Smoking Ordinance for Water Valley. Let me say that at one time I was a chain smoker, 3 packs a day. I QUIT!
There was an outcry at the meeting against the proposal. It was stated that people had the choice to go into a business where they allowed smoking or not go in. I just want to say, what about the people who don’t have a choice, “THE CHILDREN”. The children who have to go where their parents take them. Some of those parents are the very ones who do the smoking. The children are the ones who have to suffer in silence. Yet we wonder why we are in the Dr.’s office with these children who are having bronchial problems, asthma, allergies, and ear problems.
Each one of these problems can be made worse by breathing second hand smoke. I would ask the people who smoke to think about the children and also the people like me and my husband who have heart and lung problems. The people in my family who do smoke, do not smoke in the house nor in their automobiles when he is around. I would like to say to the smokers who have children that if you smoke in your house or in your automobiles when the children are present, that is a form of child abuse and I implore the city aldermen to consider the proposal and be a voice for the innocents who have no voice, and impose a band on smoking in Water Valley.