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ADAMS, Daniel M. III DANIEL M. ADAMS, III, M.D. 9/5/36 - 9/9/09 When was the last time you received free medical care from a doctor in private practice, because you could not afford the bill? Dr. Dan was a fourth generation doctor in his Southern family which stretched from New Orleans to Panama City. He had been brought up with a different mindset in the practice of his trade by his medical forefathers, particularly his dad. He was raised by four generations of Tulane doctors to accept whatever a patient could afford. Early on it might be a mule or chickens, a plate of biscuits, a piece of furniture or something the patient made by hand or grew. In the early days, an Adams doctor might canoe up river and camp on your property waiting, perhaps days, for the delivery of a baby. All classes of people were tended to; those who could pay and those who could not. This is the philosophy, the ethics, and the medical heritage this man came from. Today modern medicine, the government regulations and the insurance companies prohibit free medical care in private practice setting. It had to be done on the "sly." He practiced E.N.T. Medicine and Surgery in New Orleans at the Ochsner Clinic after years of training at Tulane, then moved east to start a private practice with Bill Moss, M.D. and Ramie Tritt, M.D. Together, early on, as medical reimbursement was changing the face of medicine they grew the practice to include multiple specialties to serve the Metropolitan area with very well educated and qualified otolaryngologists. Dan had a very busy practice, but he was one of those rare doctors who spent all the time you needed with him, regardless of the time he finally got home. He was loved by the staff and particularly the patients. He was the "whole package"; well educated in the U.S., a graduate of excellent training programs, as well as, the recipient of a Fellowship in Facial Plastic Surgery with the famous Richard Webster, M.D. of Mass. Gen. Hosp. in Boston. He was empathetic and spent generous amounts of time with his patients. He listened, made eye contact, and held people's hands. He would even pray with them. He spent many an hour educating patients about their disease and helped families understand as well. As a surgeon, his skill was excellent, progressive, and efficient. O.R. Assistants loved working with him because he was "so good." The primary hospitals and surgery centers which Dr. Adams used were: Northside Hosp., St. Joseph's Hosp., Scottish Rite Hosp., Atlanta Outpatient Peachtree Dunwoody Center, and South Fulton Medical Center. He specialized in nasal endoscopic, sinus surgery, laser surgery, surgery for sleep apnea, and facial plastic surgery. He retired from practice in 1999 and will be remembered as an "old school doctor" with a big heart for his patients, his staff, his friends, his wife, his family and his church. Dr. Adams, age 73, of Marietta, GA passed away on Wednesday, 9/9/09. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Wendy; sons, John J. Adams of Acworth, GA, Christopher D. Adams of Charleston, SC; daughters, Melinda A. Adams of San Francisco, CA, Dana R.B. Adams of Nebraska; grandchildren, Emily, Maggie and Samantha Adams; and a sister, Mrs. Martha Jane McGrane of Bowling Green, KY. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, September 15th at 7 pm at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta with Rev. Art Wilder and Mr. John Farish officiating. The family requests no flowers be sent to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to JFBC (Handicap Improvement Projects.) Arrangements by H.M. Patterson & Son, Canton Hill Chapel, 1157 Old Canton Rd, NE, Marietta, GA 30068. 770-977-9485.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Sept. 12 to Sept. 14, 2009
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