The Modern Iteration of the House Call
I must confess that I wasn’t even aware that physicians did home visits in this day and age. They seemed a relic of the past, something I associated with Norman Rockwell’s Doctor and Doll, the classic depiction of a physician intently listening to the heartbeat of a small girl’s doll, the iconic black leather bag at his feet. Shortly after being accepted to medical school, my father passed on to me a similar leather bag given to him by his parents when he graduated from medical school. The bag was decades old, but I distinctly remember its pristine appearance. It had never been used.