Photo of my Curiosity Box made by Dave Goodings with Dr. A. A. Metcalfe in the photo
The Old Country Doctor. A tribute to the late Dr. A. A. Metcalfe
Years have passed since those old days,
And I think I can see him yet,
The Country Doctor, coming along,
Our worries and troubles, we’d soon forget.
When sickness came into our home
We tried every remedy that we knew
When all things seemed to fail,
We’d call our doctor, and he’d come through.
Snow-filled roads or sleet and rain
Our good old doctor always came,
His step at the door, and a shake of the hand
Was always welcome, for he’d understand.
His horse was put in the stable and fed,
And doctor was ready, with his patient in bed,
The temperature he’d take, and a look at the tongue
And then his medical work was begun.
The concern was seen in his keen old eyes,
But the sick little patient got no surprise
For he was as kind as he could be
And they soon felt better when him they’d see.
When a new baby was on its way,
He’d settle down, prepared to stay.
Till the new-comer arrived, and all was done,
Pleased that it was over, he’d head for home.
He was our doctor for forty years,
Always sharing our joys and tears,
A friend on whom we could depend
Down through the years, to the very end.
We missed him so when he passed away
One cold and stormy winter’s day.
But a just reward will surely come
For the good deeds that he has done.
MRS. FLORENCE WATT, Almonte , Ontario
Photo of my Curiosity Box made by Dave Goodings
Deb Bogaerts My parents took me to Dr. Metcalfe when I was 5 (1960-ish). He made up a prescription for my eczema and it helped so much. If I remember correctly, he used quite a bit of native american medicines.
I still have the prescription. It was horrible stuff with tar in it – it burned. One parent would put it on and the other would hold the fan on me. It did a great job and really the only thing that ever worked but I never want to go through that again.
Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 12 Apr 1952, Sat, Page 12
Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 09 Jan 1907, Wed, Page 7
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