A new book has just hit the market showcasing the beginning and history of medicine in Waxahachie as well as life in Ellis County through the eyes of third-generation physician, Robert Mayo Tenery.

From the opening of Dr. W.C. Tenery’s Waxahachie medical practice in June 1912 until the death of his son, Dr. Mayo Tenery, in 1979, medicine and the name “Tenery” have been virtually synonymous for all of Waxahachie.

The book explores almost eight decades of the incredible voyage of the Tenery legacy and how its members helped shaped medical science not only in Ellis County, but throughout the state.

The story is recorded in a new book that was released Jan. 15, entitled “Dr. Mayo’s Boy – A Century of American Medicine” and written by Dr. Robert Tenery of Dallas.

In his book, Tenery, an ophthalmologist whose practice is located in the Medical City complex in north Dallas, tracks the history of the Tenery Sanitarium – the Cotton Club Ward, where the two elder Tenerys treated patients on Waxahachie’s Eastside.

“I have included several stories about ambulance runs,” Tenery said. “While some are very serious, there are some that are humorous.” 

Tenery also noted that while some stories showcase many Waxahachie and Ellis County residents, in most cases, he felt it was necessary to change the names in some of the accounts. The book contains a myriad of the medical advancements not only in Ellis County throughout the majority of the 20th century, but across the state, and the significant roles the father and son medical team played in those advancements.

In the liner notes of the book, the venerable Denton Cooley, MD, of Houston, world-renown pioneer of cardiovascular bypass surgery, commented on Waxahachie’s medical dynasty.

“This book provides insight into a family tradition in medical service during the last century with three generations,” he said. “The many narratives the author describes show that the life of the physician differs from his or her professions and that the dedication to patients has priority over the demands or needs of his own family.

“But the ultimate rewards of his experiences go beyond economic measures and provide satisfaction not received in any other profession,” Cooley wrote. 

Tenery will be on hand at Hastings Books, 791 U.S. Highway North, at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 6, to sign copies of his book, which was published by Brown Books Publishing Group of Dallas.

Books will be on sale at Hastings and the Ellis County Museum beginning this week.

For more information, contact cindy@brownbooks.com or visit the Web site at www.BrownBooks,com.

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