Stories of Medicine in Athens County, Ohio


A fascinating mixture of stories and facts about medicine, the physicians and the hospitals/asylum of Athens County, Ohio.


Ranging from horseback doctors to Gray Ladies, and from kitchen-table appendectomies to mass-produced frontal lobotomies, the story of medicine in Athens County, Ohio, has included events, activities and personalities as varied and fascinating as those found anywhere. Scholarly in its approach and yet still a good read, Stories of Medicine in Athens County, Ohio, is a county medical history book featuring diverse stories from doctors, nurses, administrators, patients, historians, media and other sources. Providing new material on the Athens State Hospital, the county’s medical hospitals, Ohio University and its medical school, the anthology also contains photographs, extensive appendices and an index comprising 813 personal names.

About the Author– Gary Cordingley graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. in chemistry and biology, and attended Duke University where he earned a Ph.D. in physiology and pharmacology, as well as an M.D. He received internship training at the University of Michigan Hospitals, residency training at the Neurological Institute of Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, and fellowship training as a pharmacology research associate in the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. He practices neurology in Athens, Ohio, where he is also an associate professor of neurology at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Hardcover book

6 X 9.25 X 1.5 inches

345 Pages plus photos and index

Original black and white photos.




Additional information

Weight 26 oz
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 2 in