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I've always been sort of interested in the rural countryside. Things happen out there that are very strange to city dwellers - John Sandford

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To Save American Medicine, Look to Rural Doctors

If hit television shows like Grey's Anatomy are to be believed, the average American doctor is gorgeous, well-paid, brilliant, and resides in some gorgeous and spacious loft in some gorgeous and spacious city, where she or he spends most days contemplating romance and a perfect wardrobe. Reality, of course, is very different. In real life, doctors are exhausted, overworked, frequently underpaid, and, sadly, have very little time for life's little idle pleasures. But one part of the stereotype is true: They probably do live in cities.

Slightly over a century ago, more than half of all Americans lived in rural areas, and more than 40 percent of their doctors did as well. Americans have…

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