continued The books have a lot in common, with stories about the doctor and some of his patients. The first book had more autobiographical information that describes what made the Glens Falls native interested in the Adirondacks and practicing medicine. The stories were, as a rule, more brief and less detailed.
“This new book is certainly a continuation of the same theme with some autobiographical stuff, but it’s more geared to portraying what it’s like to practice primary care medicine in a rural environment in the present day,” Way said.
“Never a Dull Moment” has been nine years in the making. In the time between writing the first book and the second one, technology changed in the worlds of photography and medicine. It’s all digital now.
“The pictures I took were with a film camera, and our office was based on paper. We were writing paper progress notes,” Way said of life during the production of his first book. “Now my cameras are digital and so is my record keeping. Everything is computerized.”
Like any technological change, moving from analog to digital has its pros and cons. Way’s photography has benefited, he said, but the digital record keeping has made his practice more stressful, even though the quality of documentation is better.
The new book
Way is pleased with the layout of “Never a Dull Moment.” The larger page size means larger images. At 160 pages, there is about 30 percent more text than the first book. And there’s more depth in the storytelling, with 40 people featured, including 32 patients, five doctors and a few notable Adirondack legends, such as environmentalist Clarence Petty and photographer Nathan Farb.
“I think the reader will find a whole spectrum of stories,” Way said. “Some of them are sad. Some of them are funny. Some of them are just bizarre and interesting. So there’s a little something for everybody.”