Saturday, August 1, 2015
What it was like being a rural doctor in 1948
Dr. Ernest Ceriani
I found this about Dr. Ceriani, written by his son:
A posting on the Web by Dr. Ernest Ceriani’s son Gary, a lawyer in Denver.
Ernest Ceriani was my father so I can probably answer just about whatever questions you have. Dad continued to practice in Kremmling until the mid 1980's (he was on his third generation of deliveries when he finally retired). Not long after he retired he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and he died on April 28, 1988 at a hospice in Denver having made the decision, while still intellectually capable, that he was deteriorating rapidly and wanted to stop dialysis and end his life with dignity and peace. My mother died on November 12, 1991 of a stroke. My brother Phil was an orthopedic surgeon until he retired. He now lives in Paonia, Colorado. I am an attorney in Denver and live in Golden with my wife of 35 years.
The photographer W Eugene Smith did a companion piece titled "Nurse Midwife". His other photographs are equally stirring. He is particularly known for this snapshot of Tomoko Uemera, who was a victim of severe mercury poisoning, caused by the dumping of chemicals by the local manufacturing plant. Many others in the town of Minamata were affected by the contamination. Smith was badly beaten as a result of the photos he took in Minamata. Although he survived the attack, his vision in one eye was severely affected. For those curious about the attack:
In January 1972, Smith was attacked by right wing thugs hired by the Chisso Company near Tokyo, in an attempt to stop him from further publicizing the effects of Minamata disease to the world.
Posted by Linda at Saturday, August 01, 2015