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A Love Affair with BirdsThe Life of Thomas Sadler Roberts$
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Sue Leaf

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816675647

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816675647.001.0001

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The Busy Physician

The Busy Physician

Chapter:
(p.100) Chapter 8 The Busy Physician
Source:
A Love Affair with Birds
Author(s):

Sue Leaf

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816675647.003.0008

This chapter describes the thriving career of Thomas Sadler Roberts as a physician in Minneapolis. After the death of his father in 1890, the forty-two year old Roberts hired a driver, John Nordquist, to help him reach his patients in less time. Together, they maintained a flexible schedule of morning house calls around town in the morning. After that, he would eat and stay in the office to catch up on paperwork. There might then be more calls until dinnertime and even after-dinner calls until as late as midnight. Aside from his home/office life, he would also spend his time at St. Barnabas Hospital where he was chief of staff from 1894 to 1900. Like most physicians, Roberts maintained an active obstetrics practice, delivering about fourteen babies a year. He also contributed at this time to the study of tuberculosis when he published a paper“The Prophylaxis of Tuberculosis”, designed to effect societal change in the attitudes towards the disease.

Keywords:   Thomas Sadler Roberts, physician, Minneapolis, St. Barnabas Hospital, obstetrics, tuberculosis, The Prophylaxis of Tuberculosis

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