The Best Medicine
Tales of Humor and Hope from a Small-Town Doctor
"This book is more than fun homespun stories of small-town medicine. You may see yourself in its mirror, yet trust me, you'll be the better for it in the end."--from the foreword by Jerry B. Jenkins, #1 New York Times bestselling novelist and biographer
When Dr. Walt Larimore moved his young family to Kissimmee, Florida, to start a small-town medical practice in 1985, he had no idea he was embarking on an adventure that would change his life in ways both large and small. This tender, insightful collection of stories chronicles the young doctor's passage from inexperience to maturity as a physician, husband, father, and community member. Filled with characters colorful and crusty, warmhearted and hotheaded, witty and winsome, these captivating stories glow with warmth, love, and humor. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll wish Dr. Walt was your doctor.
"A delightful book full of sound wisdom and fascinating characters."--Ruth Graham, author of Forgiving My Father, Forgiving Myself
"Highly recommended for anyone seeking assurance of good and grace, even in uncertain and tremulous times."--Amy K. Sorrells, author of Before I Saw You
"Warm, inviting, and nostalgic."--Liz Johnson, bestselling author of The Red Door Inn
Walt Larimore, MD, has been a family physician for nearly forty years. The bestselling author of the Bryson City books, he has been called "one of America's best-known family physicians." He writes a bimonthly health column, "Ask Dr. Walt," for Today's Christian Living magazine and formerly hosted the Ask the Family Doctor show on Fox's Health Network. He has been a frequent guest talking about family health topics on a wide variety of television and radio shows. Dr. Larimore currently lives in Colorado.
"This book is more than fun homespun stories of small-town medicine. You may see yourself in its mirror, yet trust me, you'll be the better for it in the end."
from the foreword by Jerry B. Jenkins, New York Times bestselling novelist and biographer
"Once again, Dr. Larimore has provided a delightful book full of sound wisdom and fascinating characters. Enjoy a great read!"
Ruth Graham, author of Forgiving My Father, Forgiving Myself: An Invitation to the Miracle of Forgiveness
"With grace and humor, Dr. Walt Larimore delights the reader with an honest and heartwarming journey of discovery. From his early days as a young doctor, this memoir takes a poignant look at what it means to be a Christian physician, friend, husband, and father. The Best Medicine is an enjoyable view of life through Dr. Walt's compassionate eyes."
Jan Drexler, bestselling author of Hannah's Choice (Journey to Pleasant Prairie series)
"Warm, inviting, and nostalgic. Dr. Walt Larimore brings to life a rich cast of characters and their Central Florida home in his tale of finding a fresh start and true healing."
Liz Johnson, bestselling author of The Red Door Inn
"Dr. Walt Larimore has written a delightful look at the life of a small-town doctor chock-full of interesting characters and medical tales. This is the kind of book you want to sip like sweet tea but wind up drinking in a satisfying gulp. You will enjoy the journey!"
Chris Fabry, Moody Radio host and author of A Piece of the Moon
"I was raised a small-town girl--one who moved from the low country of coastal Georgia to the 'big city' in Central Florida. The Best Medicine resonated with every fiber of my being. I have always enjoyed small-town, front-porch tales, and Dr. Walt Larimore's book fits the bill perfectly. I guarantee that when you read this collection of stories that reflect on his family's move from Bryson City, NC, to Kissimmee, FL, you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll yearn for a simpler time--and you will desire to know the daily God, the God of our days, more intimately."
Eva Marie Everson, CBA #1 bestselling author, award-winning speaker, and president of Word Weavers International, Inc.
"After reading The Best Medicine, I could settle for calling Walt Larimore an engaging storyteller. But he's more than that. Dr. Larimore connects with people through their stories and truly cares about their life experiences. In The Best Medicine, he shares a delightful assortment of stories in a way that made me feel as if I was sitting across the table from him, not reading a book. I laughed. I cried. And I found myself caring about people I've never met."
Beth K. Vogt, Christy Award-winning author of the Thatcher Sisters series
"Hope and humor show up in unexpected places, as Dr. Walt Larimore's unique and delightful stories show. With grace and the astute heart of a physician intimately engaged with not only his patients but also his town, Larimore offers an extraordinary glimpse into the heart and soul of how healing happens and how hope can be found in the midst of unlikely circumstances. As a tenured nurse, I can attest to the difficult truth that not all cases end well, and Larimore does not shy away from the hard things. But he balances these stories with the truth that all things work for good when the Lord is in the midst. Highly recommended, not just for health professionals but for anyone seeking assurance of good and grace, even in uncertain and tremulous times."
Amy K. Sorrells, author of Before I Saw You
"I laughed, I cried . . . really! Such a good book! This should be required reading for family medicine residents, probably even all medical students. It paints a real (but entertaining) picture of a man who, by growing in his relationship with God, grew in his ability to be a real physician, husband, father, and friend. I can't wait to read the next volume!"
James D. Collier, MD, former assistant surgeon general for healthcare operations, United States Air Force
"Dr. Larimore offers a fresh approach to reaching the heart of a patient, weaving in and out of the many years of experience he possesses from working in small-town medicine. You will meet people from all different walks of life in this book, and Dr. Larimore is there for the friendly introduction each time. From the humble beginning to the very last page, he offers the reader what he has offered to everyone he's encountered over the last few decades and what we are so in need of at this present moment: hope."
Tim Goeglein, vice president, external and government relations, Focus on the Family