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by Brent Nidiffer and Jamie Shell
CNN carried the story of the small town doctor from Campton, Kentucky. Dr. Paul Maddox has devoted his medical practice for the past 46 years to treating one of the lowest income areas in the United States.
I wish every small town had a doctor. They can do an awful lot of good. Maddox said. For his years of service, Maddox was named country doctor of the year by Staff Care (a national temporary physicians firm). The award is a way of celebrating the life saving work that often goes unnoticed in small town America.
When he became the town doctor 46 years ago, he made a promise to treat everyone 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. To date, Maddox has treated a million and a half patients, and delivered more than 6,000 babies. At times hes seen 200 patients a day. Since he opened his practive in the 1950s, his philosophy has attracted familes from all over eastern Kentucky. No appointments or payments necessary, and no questions asked. If patients couldnt pay their bill, he ran a tab until they could. The average income in the county is a little over $11,000 a year.
Jesus was even questioned once about his association with the sinners and tax collectors and he reminded them, It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. (Matthew 9:12)
I am glad that he came so that those who are soul-sick can be healed. Lets join together in worship of the one who has come to be our Great Physician!
So Jesus healed great numbers of sick people who had many different kinds of diseases, and he ordered many demons to come out of their victims. (Mark 1:34)
Author: Brent Nidiffer and Jamie Shell
Publication Date: February 6, 2002
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