- Presentation: A Family Practice
- Author Name: William D. Lindsey, William L. Russell, Mary L. Ryan
A Family Practice: The Russell Doctors and the Evolving Business of Medicine, 1799-1989 – The Eureka Springs Angle
A Family Practice examines four generations of Russell doctors, all of whom after the founder, William James Russell (1799-1872), had close ties to Arkansas. William’s son Dr. William James Park Russell (1830-1892), who spent the Civil War spying for the Union and was imprisoned in Nashville, moved to northwest Arkansas after the war.
As Eureka Springs began to boom, the Russells moved there in 1879 and remained till 1883, as W.J.P. doctored, invested in a water-bottling company, and speculated in property with wife Ava. Letters written by daughter Ava Leona document these years. After a brief overview of the book, the authors will read from these letters.
About William D. Lindsey
William D. Lindsey is a former academic and university administrator and the winner of the Booker Worthen Literary Prize for Fiat Flux: The Writings of Wilson R. Bachelor, Nineteenth-Century Country Doctor and Philosopher.
About William L. Russell
William L. Russell is a retired colonel in the U.S. Army and media-relations specialist who is descended from the Russell physicians.
About Mary L. Ryan
Mary L. Ryan worked in health sciences libraries at Tulane University and the Texas Medical Center and was director of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library for seventeen years.