Doc Henry, Medic One, and emergency medicine: a book talk by Dr. Richard Rapport

Sat, Oct 26, 2019 at 7pm at the Merc Playhouse

Dr. Richard Rapport is a clinical professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine in both the Department of Neurological Surgery and the Department of Global Health, as well as an attending physician at Harborview Medical Center. His recent book is called “Seattle’s Medic One: How We Don’t Die” and tells the story of groundbreaking change in emergency medical systems in Washington state and nationwide.

Rapport’s book focuses primarily on the creation of Medic One, which was “an emergency service like no other,” where firefighters trained as paramedics took to the streets in a vehicle equipped with a portable defibrillator, resulting in “one of the country’s first pre-hospital coronary care systems.” But it also details the role played by a country doctor near and dear to the hearts of many Methow Valley residents: the late Dr. William Henry, known to most as “Doc Henry.”

 “Seattle’s Medic One” is an enjoyable read, with plenty of history, anecdotes, case studies, and humor providing a personal look at the people behind “one of the most influential medical programs in Washington State and the country.” Rapport himself is animated and engaging, and shows not only a passion for saving lives but also a heartfelt admiration for the pioneers of Medic One and the statewide emergency transfer system.

One stop on Rapport’s book tour will be the Merc Playhouse on Saturday, October 26 at 7pm for a reading and signing. Although Rapport will talk about the book in general and read some excerpts, the focus of the evening will be Rapport’s account of Doc Henry, the Methow Valley, and Aero Methow. 100 copies of “Seattle’s Medic One” will be available for sale at a discounted price ($20), with Rapport donating all proceeds to Aero Methow.

For more information , email or call Aero Methow at 509.997.4013.

When: Sat, Oct 26, 2019 at 7pm, doors open at 6:30pm. Where: Merc Playhouse, Twisp. Cost: free, with books for sale to benefit Aero Methow. Info: 509.997.4013