Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. iii-iv

Contents

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pp. vii-vii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xv

The biblical Wisdom-tradition writer Ecclesiastes says that of making books there is no end, and this is true in part because there’s no end to the number of people through whose hands the text of a book passes before it’s published, hands that help weave the strands that fashion the final text. Text, through its etymology, points to the metaphor of weaving on which I’m relying here to describe how a text, a book, is ...

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Forward: Dale Bumpers

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pp. xvii-xvii

We are pleased to recommend this fine study of the life and work od Wilson R. Bachelor, M.D., of Franklin County, Arkansas, the county where I was born and reared, In fact, in the 19th century the farm land of the extended Bumpers family adjoined the lands of Dr. Bachelor, with the two families sharing ...

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Forward: Thomas A Bruce

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pp. xix-xx

The range of serious health problems in southern communities during the decades just after the Civil War was enormous, probably larger than we see in the great medical centers today. For rural doctors the resources at hand were very limited, however. Such was the setting for the medical practice of Dr. Wilson R. Bachelor in west-central Arkansas. From his diary we get only a ...

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Introduction: Wilson R. Bachelor, Whys and Wherefores

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pp. 3-37

The nineteenth-century Arkansan on whose life and work this book focuses, Wilson Richard Bachelor (1827–1903), will hardly be a household name for most of those who read this collection of his writings. Even scholars who have a more than passing acquaintance with the state’s history would probably be hard pressed to place him in its historical narrative. Bachelor did author a ...

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Diary of Wilson R. Bachelor

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pp. 39-92

I moved my family aboard [a] flat Boat1 at Morris Landing2 with another f[amily] and about 4 P.M. I bid adieu to my friends and the pine clad Hills of the Romantic Ten[nessee], unmoored and rowed out, and began to descend the stream; we stoped awhile in Bend Shoals to Receive[d] another family. [A]fter tarrying a sho[rt] time, and bidding adieu to some verry warm friends, we again ...

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Occasional Pieces from the Scrapbookof Wilson R. Bachelor

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pp. 93-132

Fifty years ago I read in the Bible, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.” Twelve years ago I read, “Brahma formed the man and the woman out of the purest of himself, and this done he rested etc.” Taking reason as my compass and guiding star, I could not decide which of these ...

Letters of Wilson R. Bachelor

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pp. 133-137

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Afterword

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pp. 139-149

When Dr. Wilson R. Bachelor came to the Arkansas River Valley shortly after the Civil War, he would have found himself truly on the frontier of both society and medical practice. The years of Civil War and Reconstruction witnessed a descent into near-anarchy in the counties lying east of the Indian Territory border and south of the Arkansas River. Indeed, farther south near the Red ...

Appendix I

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pp. 151-151

Appendix II

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pp. 153-154

Appendix III

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pp. 155-155

Appendix IV

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pp. 157-157

Appendix V

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pp. 159-161

Notes

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pp. 163-265

Works Cited

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pp. 267-281

Index

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pp. 283-306

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About the Author

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pp. 307-307

WILSON R. BACHELOR (1827–1903) was a country doctor and writercolleges and universities. He is the author or coauthor of several books,University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and inaugural dean and emeritus professor of health policy and management, University of...