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The challenges of a rural physician

The Atlantic, January 10, 2012

In 1948, LIFE magazine photographer W. Eugene Smith spent more than three weeks in Kremmling, Colorado, shadowing general practitioner Ernest Ceriani as he worked with patients on all manner of ailments. The resulting images—powerful and poignant—became an instant classic, and Smith was quickly anointed one of the masters of the photoessay. This month, LIFE magazine made some of Smith's previous unpublished photos available.