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Small-town medicine is about relationships in the community

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Watching patients and the community grow is the heart of the job.

William Cooke, MD, describes his favorite part about being the town physician of Austin, Indiana. He has received national attention and accolades for working there when the opioid epidemic led to a local HIV epidemic. He described his experiences in his book, “Canary in the Coal Mine: A Forgotten Rural Community, A Hidden Epidemic, and a Lone Doctor Battling for the Life, Health, and Soul of the People.”


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