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The history of Skiff (Part I)

The history of medical care in the Newton area begins long before that of our hospital.  The first medical practice in Jasper County was established in 1847 when Dr. Henry Rodgers relocated to our city from his home in Pendleton, Ind.  Additional physicians came to the Jasper County area during the ensuing decade and the first county medical society was formed in 1858, with five founding members.  These early physicians were truly extraordinary, practicing much of the time as “saddle-bag” doctors, braving the elements to reach the home of the sick and injured.  Though medicine in those days was much more art than science, they carried out with their best efforts what they believed to be best for their patients. 

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