Imagine a place where doctors still do house calls. When I
was visiting my friend Meredith, living in the small rural town of Lautrec about an hour's drive outside Toulouse, France,
one day she was stung badly by a wasp, causing a sizable and painful swelling
on her hand.
She called her doctor, and to my great surprise within 15
minutes he had shown up at her door -- the famous French doctor's house call. I couldn't
get over it. "House calls in the United States went out when
Eisenhower was president," I told her, shaking my head.