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Looking Back: Shier
Publication:
, p. 30


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Creator:
Hooper, John, Author
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Newspaper
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Item Type:
Articles
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Written: 27 April 1999
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.35012 Longitude: -78.73286
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Over the years Lindsay has been blessed with some wonderful doctors but the one I remember so vividly was Dr. Leonard Vernon Shier.

Dr. Shier was a short stocky person with a small mustache about two inches in width. He had a great sense of humor and a bedside manner that is so lacking to-day with many of our modern day physicians and surgeons.

Here was a man who thought nothing of making him available 24 hours a day -seven days a week including holidays!

He was frequently called to our house to treat everything from pneumonia to appendicitis. In fact I recall his telephone number to this day. It was simply "200".

His office was located two doors west of Sussex St on the south side of Kent St. and it was there that he treated numerous patients whether they had the money to pay him or not.

Along come WWII and he immediately enlisted in the Canadian Forces where he felt his skills were so badly needed and he turned his practice over to Dr. J. C. Arnold.

At the end of the war, Shier, who had attained the rank of Lt. Col., returned to his home and re- opened his practice and Dr. Arnold moved one door east of Shier.

I vividly recall my mother telling me about going to see Dr. Shier after his return and, after a pleasant chat and welcoming him back, presented him with a two dollar bill.

The doctor asked what that was for.

She told him that he had enlisted before she got a chance to pay him the money owing him for a house call he had made.

"Martha, when I enlisted I closed my books and considered all debts canceled" he said.

He refused to accept the money since he believed in a patient's well-being ahead of monetary consideration.

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Looking Back: Shier