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Retired doctor took up writing to stay awake

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Dr. Judson Hout knew he was likely to be awakened shortly if he went to sleep while on duty in the emergency department, so he didn't sleep — he wrote. Hout, 87, considered self-publishing his work to share with family, but opted not to because of the cost. A local book store owner read it and sent the manuscript to Parkhurst Brothers Publishing. “They published it in hardback and dadgum if it didn't win a national award,” says Hout, who lives in Camden. One of his books, “The Ghost of Bud Parrott,” was a Readers Favorite Book Award winner. Hout retired 12 ago from family practice, though he continued working with the chemical dependency unit he had started at the hospital at Camden for a few years after that. As medical director of the unit, he worked six nights a month in the emergency room. It was […]

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