Why I Choose to Practice in Rural America

The advantages of moving from a city to a country practice

James B. Stiehl, MD

About 3 years ago, I closed my orthopaedic specialty practice in adult reconstructive surgery in Milwaukee, Wisc., and moved to a remote farming community in southern Illinois. I was 59 years old and beginning to think about my future options. Although I was not ready to make major changes, my wife had inherited a home and farm and dreamed of living there.

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