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Book: Animals Don't Blush by David R. Gross

Book: Animals Don't Blush by David R. Gross

categories: Book, Animals, Veterinary, Montana, Wild Horses, Dogs, Cats, Dairy Cattle, Beef Cattle, Ranching, Farming, Horses, Veterinary Memoir


David R. Gross

Author David R. Grossabout this book: ANIMALS DON’T BLUSH is a memoir looking back over fifty years to my first experiences practicing veterinary medicine in northeast Montana and the North Dakota Badlands. The memoir describes my clients and patients from the unique American northern plains version of veterinary practice in 1960. It is reminiscent of the works of James Herriot’s descriptions of 1930’s veterinary practice in the Yorkshire countryside but the stories are of a different time, a different place, and a different kind of client. Veterinary medicine was, in those days, pragmatic, male dominated and macho. Virtually every patient had a monetary value and veterinary care was not expected to exceed that value. Chemical restraint of animals was in its infancy. Choices of antibiotics were limited. Clients expected their veterinarian to be tough, wise, skilled and able to handle any animal, any disease, any injury, and any situation. There were no board certified specialists and advertising in any form was considered malpractice.

Easy read. Not only Gross's compassion but his sense of humor shine in this narrative. I would think vets would enjoy the story in part because, as he says, great advancements have been made in medicine since he practiced in Montana. I also enjoyed the Roosevelt history Gross wove into his story. (Henry Dell)

James Herriot, vet and author, of the acclaimed All Creatures Great and Small series has nothing on Dr. David Gross. Gross’s book, Animals Don’t Blush, takes us through a year in the life of a new vet. Right out of veterinary college and newly married, Gross accepts a position as associate veterinarian in remote Sidney, Montana. Dr. Marcus Schultz’s small veterinarian practice was growing. After an initial interview, Gross spent the day assisting Dr. Schultz’s in taking blood samples from thirty-five cows and an angry, uncooperative two thousand pound bull. The day ended with a verbal analysis of the day’s event, a salary negotiation, and a handshake. Dr. David Gross would begin his life as a country vet on June 9, 1960. This book was a joy to read. I laughed, cried, and hoped the story would not end. (Kathleen Kaska)

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