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DR. WALTER A. CAMP. Man when well boasts that he has no need of the doctor, and is pleased to indulge in gibes and sneers concerning the skill of the members of the profession. That is to say, some men do, and it is commonly observed that those who rail loudest are they who first send for the physician at the sound of danger. In all honesty and seriousness the discoveries in medical science and the advance made in surgical skill, especially in the past thirty years, have been so wonderful as to suggest that supernatural aid has been rendered the noble army of men who devote their lives to the alleviation of suffering. The doctor is a man who inspires confidence because he is worthy of it. His humanity is expressed and his interest in his patients is intensified by reason of the concern he has for them as well as for the experience he, may gain for the benefit of future sufferers. Dr. Walter A. Camp has gained distinction in his treatment of all diseases, and his patronage is exceptionally large and lucrative. He is descended from an old American family of prominence and was born at Rossville, Ga., in 1855, finishing his literary education in that well-known institution of learning, Washington and Lee University, at Lexington, Va., from which he was graduated in 1873. His kindly nature then turned to that broad field of human suffering, the medical profession, for his life work, and he began preparation for that field of -usefulness at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at New York City, after which he graduated from the Atlanta Medical College, Atlanta, Ga. He at once began practicing in that city, and held the position of city physician one year. Following this he practiced in Buffalo, Mo., two years, and in 1880 returned to New York City, where he was resident surgeon of the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, In order to more thoroughly fit himself for his profession he visited Europe and pursued special studies in London, Paris, Vienna and Heidelburg, his attention being specially directed to diseases of the eye, ear, throat and nose, his instructors being some of the most eminent specialists in that line in the world. In 1883 he returned to the land of his birth and the same year took up his residence in Springfield, Mo., where he has practiced his profession with marked success ever since, with the exception of -the time consumed in two trips to Vienna to perfect himself in some special branches. Dr. Camp is a member of the Missouri State Medical Association, being its past vice-president; the Southwest Missouri Medical Association, and the Springfield Medical Society, and past president of the two latter. In 1881, while in London, he was a member of the International Medical Congress held in that city. Dr. Camp is a patron of the leading medical periodicals of both Europe and America, to some of which he has contributed valuable articles. Socially he is a member of the Knights of Honor, and is past chancellor commander of the Knights of Pythias. In politics he is a Democrat, and was special pension agent under the last administration.

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