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A Doctor & The Law: Joseph Weyerhorst Has His Day In Court (Many Days In Court)
 
Category:   Brown Bag Lunch
Date: Thursday, January 21, 2010 / Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Anchorage / Snowden Training Center
 

Come and join us for this CLE presented by Michael Carey!
FREE CLE Program

NO Registration Required!
1 general CLE credit

 

Dr. Joseph Weyerhorst arrived in Fairbanks in the summer of 1906. He said he planned to open a hospital. But within weeks he was in commissioner’s court defending himself at an inquest into the death of his patient, Fred Brose.

 Less than three weeks after the inquest ended, Weyerhorst was arrested for assaulting his wife.

This was only the beginning of Joseph Weyerhorst’s 10-year career in Alaska - a career in which he repeatedly, to use the sociologists’ phrase, "attracted law." Old newspapers and old court records are replete with stories about Dr. Weyerhorst.

But Weyerhorst treated patients in Nebraska, Montana, Nevada, and Alaska for years. Many patients did not complain. How much different was Weyerhorst’s treatment than that of other doctors? What was the state of medical education - and treatment - circa 1910?

 Michael Carey will explore Weyerhorst biography, history, and medical practice as well as offer some reflections on early territorial medicine.

 



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