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Medicine in Cornwall at historical society

Cornwall Historical Society’s exhibit shows what the well-equipped country doctor, Dr. W.B. Walker, had on hand. He was in practice from 1923 to 1978. Photo by Karen Bartomioli

CORNWALL — The Cornwall Historical Society’s exhibit and Talk and Tea gatherings will take a very specific theme this summer.

It begins with the June 25 open house tour of Dr. Walker’s home office, 10 a.m. to noon, at the society museum at 19 Pine St., as part of Care to Cure: Medicine in the Era of Dr. W. B. Walker, 1923 to 1978.

The years of Walker’s practice as Cornwall’s town doctor saw dramatic changes in transportation, medical treatment and health insurance that combined to permanently alter small-town medicine and led to the more specialized practices we know today.

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