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Dr. William S. Gillmor of North Hector (1855-1907) was born in a log cabin on the Backbone Ridge and went on to become one of the leading citizens of the area. Like other country doctors he treated everything from measles and scarlet fever to broken hips and kitchen table amputations. Although he didn’t know it, he played a role in one of the most significant medical discoveries of the 20th century. See below to hear his story and that of the time and place in which he lived.