For example, let me tell you about our family doctor when I was a kid and what all he did. He had an office in the town about 8 or 10 miles from our home. If I got sick, my parents didn't have to take me in to his office and my Dad didn't need to miss work to take me in to see the doctor, he made house calls. I suppose most of you who are a lot younger than I am have no idea what house calls were. The doc would come to our house and I wouldn't have to get out of bed. He would administer any medication, pills or shots, that he thought that I needed. Yep, no need to go to a drug store back then. The doc had a big black bag that he carried everything that was needed.
That very same doctor did minor surgery in his office. Yep, I had my tonsils and adenoids removed in his office. The only bad thing about it was that he used raw ether to put me under. He put a wire mesh thing that had some kind of fiber on it over my nose and mouth and poured ether on it. Dang, I didn't like that one bit. It didn't smell that bad, but I started to get a buzz in my head which continued to get louder and louder until I was ready to scream that I had enough and couldn't stand it anymore. . . then I woke up. If you have never had raw ether, I sure do not recommend it, take my word for it. I have been put under later in life with sodium pentothal, and that is the way to go, if you have to put to sleep for some kind of operation or procedure.
I guess that I am giving my age away when I said the doctor made house calls and that I had my tonsils out in his office. Back in the day, going to a hospital was a last resort, as it still should be. Now, you all have a great day, you hear?