I have been most gratified with the positive response to my first book, Reflections of a Country Doctor. Many readers encouraged me to write another book that told the rest of my story. This book contains some of my experiences during my premedical and medical training years and more of my experiences during my twenty-six years as an "old time" family physician in rural America. Stories range from assisting mothers giving birth to caring for and comforting those at the end of life, from experiencing the joys of pediatrics to the frustrations of medical errors, from performing surgery to becoming involved in one's community, and from making routine home visits to providing life-ordeath emergency care. In keeping with the format of Reflections of a Country Doctor, some of the stories are silly, some are sad, some are funny, and some may make you mad. Doctor Ashcraft grew up as one of four brothers in a poor family in Montana. Despite a difficult childhood, he managed to work his way through college. He was the first graduate from Eastern Montana College to graduate from a medical school. He graduated from the University of Oregon Medical School. After his medical training he served in the National Health Service Corps. Doctor Ashcraft practiced as a family physician in Sidney, Montana, for twenty-five years. Afterward, he was a member of the faculty of the Montana Family Medicine Residency, a program that he helped to develop. Doctor Ashcraft was a member of the clinical faculty of the University of Washington Medical School for thirty years. He is a Lifetime Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Doctor Ashcraft and his wife Kay still live in Montana. They have three children and six grandchildren.