The Best Medicine

Tales of Humor and Hope from a Small-Town Doctor

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When Dr. Walt Larimore moved his young family to Kissimmee, Florida, to start a small-town medical practice in 1985, he had no idea he was embarking on an enterprise that would change his life in ways both large and small. But there's no telling what you'll run into as a family physician in a rural, small-town community.

Perfect for anyone yearning for a simpler, slower pace of life, as well as fans of Dr. Larimore's popular Bryson City series, The Best Medicine is a tender and insightful collection of stories chronicling one young doctor's passage from inexperience to maturity as a physician, husband, father, and community member. Filled with characters colorful and crusty, warm-hearted and hot-headed, witty and winsome, these captivating stories glow with warmth, love, and humor. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll wish Dr. Larimore was your doctor.


"This book is more than fun homespun stories of small-town medicine. You may see yourself in its mirror, yet trust me, you'll be the better for it in the end."

from the foreword by Jerry B. Jenkins, New York Times bestselling novelist and biographer

"Once again, Dr. Larimore has provided a delightful book full of sound wisdom and fascinating characters. Enjoy a great read!"

Ruth Graham, author of Forgiving My Father, Forgiving Myself: An Invitation to the Miracle of Forgiveness

"With grace and humor, Dr. Walt Larimore delights the reader with an honest and heartwarming journey of discovery. From his early days as a young doctor, this memoir takes a poignant look at what it means to be a Christian physician, friend, husband, and father. The Best Medicine is an enjoyable view of life through Dr. Walt's compassionate eyes."

Jan Drexler, bestselling author of Hannah's Choice (Journey to Pleasant Prairie series)

"Warm, inviting, and nostalgic. Dr. Walt Larimore brings to life a rich cast of characters and their Central Florida home in his tale of finding a fresh start and true healing."

Liz Johnson, bestselling author of The Red Door Inn

"Dr. Walt Larimore has written a delightful look at the life of a small-town doctor chock-full of interesting characters and medical tales. This is the kind of book you want to sip like sweet tea but wind up drinking in a satisfying gulp. You will enjoy the journey!"

Chris Fabry, Moody Radio host and author of A Piece of the Moon

"I was raised a small-town girl--one who moved from the low country of coastal Georgia to the 'big city' in Central Florida. The Best Medicine resonated with every fiber of my being. I have always enjoyed small-town, front-porch tales, and Dr. Walt Larimore's book fits the bill perfectly. I guarantee that when you read this collection of stories that reflect on his family's move from Bryson City, NC, to Kissimmee, FL, you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll yearn for a simpler time--and you will desire to know the daily God, the God of our days, more intimately."

Eva Marie Everson, CBA #1 bestselling author, award-winning speaker, and president of Word Weavers International, Inc.

"After reading The Best Medicine, I could settle for calling Walt Larimore an engaging storyteller. But he's more than that. Dr. Larimore connects with people through their stories and truly cares about their life experiences. In The Best Medicine, he shares a delightful assortment of stories in a way that made me feel as if I was sitting across the table from him, not reading a book. I laughed. I cried. And I found myself caring about people I've never met."

Beth K. Vogt, Christy Award-winning author of the Thatcher Sisters series

The Author

  1. Walt Larimore MD

    Walt Larimore MD

    Walt Larimore, MD, has been a family physician for nearly 40 years. The bestselling author of the Bryson City books, as well as dozens of other books and hundreds of articles, he has been called "one of America's best-known family physicians"...

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