Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau

Book signing to focus on Rome’s early medical community

Posted February 21, 2013 by Chris Cannon in News

ROME, GA. — A memoir of a medical doctor from Rome’s early history will be the focus of a book-signing at the Rome-Floyd Visitor Center and the Last Stop Gift Shop on Thursday, February 28 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“The Doctor Has Arrived” was originally written in 1953 by Dr. Mather Marvin McCord. The autobiography chronicles his life as a physician in Floyd County from the post-Civil War era to the early 20th century.

The story follows the south Georgia-native as a trailblazer in the community, his work in the medical field and the challenges that often came with a resistant, sometimes uneducated public following advances in medical knowledge. Dr. McCord is credited with teaching basic sanitation and establishing standards for public health in the area.

McCord’s many accomplishments over his lifetime included education at Emory University and Harvard Medical School, serving as Floyd County’s first public health commissioner, working on staff at Harbin Clinic, and membership in various prestigious medical associations. In 1925, Dr. McCord was named to “Who’s Who in American Medicine.”

Fred W. Snell, Jr. is the grandson of Dr. McCord and will be at the event to sign copies and tell stories from the book. Light refreshments will be served.

Call the Rome-Floyd Visitor Center at 706.295.5576 for more information.

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