Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Vehicles of Paris: No. 26
My grandfather, who I'm told was the first pediatrician in Milwaukee, Wisconsin back when having a doctor just for kids was a novelty, used to make house calls. My dad, who was also a physician (albeit a specialist), never did. But the house call is very much alive in many communities in France, thanks to SOS Médecins who will come out to your place, day or night, seven days a week. Fortunately for me, I have no personal experience with them (knock on wood) but everyone I know who has called upon them has been happy with the service and the fees are quite reasonable. So if you're up with a child with a high fever, or your visiting parent starts to experience chest pain, or you have a nasty accident in the kitchen, keep this number by the phone: 3624.