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To My Readers:
John Henry ďDocĒ Holliday spent a lot of time over the years in Prescott, Phoenix, Tucson and Tombstone. He was a dentist by trade but when he developed Tuberculosis two years after graduating from the Pennsylvania School of Dental Surgery, he was forced to sell his practice and take up making a living as a gambler.
Doc was also told that if he moved to a dry climate that he would prolong the effects of his disease, so he spent a lot of time in Arizona and New Mexico. Contrary to Hollywood movies, Doc did not ride on stagecoaches unless he simply had no other choice, because the dust created a lot of issues with his lung disease. He also did not own a horse. If he wanted to go riding, he would simply rent a horse at a local livery stable.
His main method of travel was by railroad, for two purposes; first, he did not have to worry about dust and second, at the end of the railroad line the towns created provided a lot of folks with money from cowboys that herded cattle to the railhead towns, outlaws, railroad employees and ranchers who wanted to gamble.
Having suffered from Asthma all of my life and now with COPD, lung conditions similar to Tuberculosis, I am able to relate to Doc Holliday and the life style he lived. I have also researched Docís life for several of my books and I decided to do something special in honor of this manís amazing, short life. Doc never got cheated in life or cards.
Zeke Crandall Author & Historian
Release date for the printed & digital book- Fall 2014