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Medical Society to Honor Country Doctor, City Style BY SHIRLEY LOWKX Dr. Robert R. Hustell, 63, who is known as the "'country doctor, city style," will be h o n o r c d as' t. h e general( practiti o n e r of the year today by the Illinois State Medical soci-1 ety. Dr. Mustell, .who likes to see his patients m their own homes, is the first big city doctor to receive . the honor. In the past the title has gone to Illinois small town and country doctors. Will Get Scrapbook The society will present him with a scroll and scrapbook telling the story of his career at the 9:30 a. m. opening session of its house of delegates meeting at the Sherman hotel. A graduate of the. University of Illinois medical school in 1919, Dr. Mustell opened his first office on the south side the same year. Since 1330, he has hekl office hours at 30 N. Michigan av., a central location from which he can easily reach patients on the near south, west, and north sides. The doctor finds city practice as a family physician very nvaclvlike that of his country counterpart, except for v the traffic congestion. He uses a station wagon to get around. during his work day, which! starts at 7 a. m. and ends at 6 p.- m. Like a country ""'doctor,' he has communication prob lems because many of his patients in blighted areas do not have telephones. A big city aid he has found useful is a pocket radio paging service, thru which he can receive coded messages wher ever he goes. Like a country doctor, he is physician, surgeon, father confessor, and family adviser. Of rns more than 2,000 opera tions, a number have been of the emergency " kitchen ta ble" variety. Of the more than 1,000 infants he has brought into the world, many were delivered in the home, and even a few in his-car. In selecting Dr. Mustell for the award, the society took note of " the countless hours spent outside his regular practice in organizing, developing, promoting, and supervising the Doctors Emergency Medical service of the Chicago Medical society over the past five years." Sees' Thousands Yearly The service has handled about 20,000 emergency 'calls since its inception in 1951. , Dr. Mustell estimated he sees about 4,000 patients a year in his 'regular practice. One family wrote the society that he had been their doctor for 33 years. The letter continued: j "During this time, he-has delivered our babies, daughters, granddaughters, and grandsons. He has treated us medically and surgically, all of us. We consider him a part of the family and we hope he lives forever."
Clipped from Chicago Tribune, 21 May 1957, Tue, Page 1
21 May 1957, Tue • Page 1
21 May 1957, Tue • Page 1