Alpha Omega M.D. – Episode #269
…The Florida court system in 1946 is stacked up with ever increasing lawsuits, due in large part to the exponential increase in the number of attorneys…
“You said you were going to retire this year, James,” reminds Abigail Ferrell-Ferrell to her husband.
“I said that I would consider it and I have. It’s just that Alpha has these nagging little malpractice suits that seem to drag on forever.” It is true. The Florida court system in 1946 is stacked up with ever increasing lawsuits, due in large part to the exponential increase in the number of attorneys and their incessant snooping and digging, for what amounts to manufacturing business.
- If a baby is born with a birth defect, sue.
- If a woman develops an infection after delivering the baby, sue.
- If the husband trips on the hospital stairway while taking his crippled baby and ill wife home, sue.
- If the receptionist looks cross-eyed at the family when they are readmitted, of course, sue.
“And that hospital he is intent on building, he is going to need as much advice as I can give.”
“You are 66 years old and Alpha himself told you that ulcer you had a couple of years ago will come back if you don’t cut back.” Abbey has been the best wife a man can have, not to mention having aged, oh so well. When James looks at her, like he is now, discerning her caring and what wisdom is behind it, he cannot help but see that quaking 15 year old, the scared little girl that had just witnessed the killing of her father, at the hands of the slaves who used to attend to her every need.
“I understand where you are coming from Abbey, but you have been taking such good care of me. I have never felt better.”
There is a knock on the door of their San Luis Lake home. Abbey opens it to reveal the main topic of their discussion.
“Well, A.O. Campbell, your ears must have been ringing. We were just talking about you,” she shares.
“Oh nonsense, Doc Campbell, how can a sweet man like you ever cause anyone any harm?”
“I bet you that James has a few names he could offer in that category.”
“Intent is 90% of the law, Alpha and I cannot for the life of me recall you hurting so much as a pesky housefly.”
At a glance, the doctor’s diminutive stature and dapper manner of dress is proof in the putting. He is the physical image of his deportment, from the brim of his crisply brimmed hats to the tips of his perfectly polished shoes.