Was doc holliday a real doctor

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was doc holliday a real doctor

Doc Holliday: A Family Portrait by Karen Holliday Tanner

John H. Holliday, D. D. S., better known as Doc Holliday, has become a legendary figure in the history of the American West. In Doc Holliday: A Family Portrait, Karen Holliday Tanner reveals the real man behind the legend. Shedding light on Holliday’s early years, in a prominent Georgia family during the Civil War and Reconstruction, she examines the elements that shaped his destiny: his birth defect, the death of his mother and estrangement from his father, and the diagnosis of tuberculosis, which led to his journey west. The influence of Holliday’s genteel upbringing never disappeared, but it was increasingly overshadowed by his emerging western personality. Holliday himself nurtured his image as a frontier gambler and gunman.

Using previously undisclosed family documents and reminiscences as well as other primary sources, Tanner documents the true story of Doc’s friendship with the Earp brothers and his run-ins with the law, including the climactic shootout at the O. K. Corral and its aftermath.

This first authoritative biography of Doc Holliday should appeal both to historians of the West and to general readers who are interested in his poignant story.
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Was Doc Holliday a real doctor?

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John H. Holliday moved to the town of Tombstone with his girlfriend, Kate Fisher. There he befriended the local marshal, Wyatt Earp , and started a business as a dentist. He was setting up this business when Kate came to warn him that the Clanton brothers Ike , Billy and Phineas had come to kill him after he killed their brother, Reuben Clanton. The First Doctor visited Holliday's dentistry to have his tooth removed.

Doc Holliday

On this day, Doc Holliday—gunslinger, gambler, and occasional dentist—dies from tuberculosis. Though he was perhaps most famous for his participation in the shootout at the O. Born in Georgia , Holliday was raised in the tradition of the southern gentleman. He earned his nickname when he graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery in However, shortly after embarking on a respectable career as a dentist in Atlanta, he developed a bad cough.

In the movie Tombstone , Doc Holliday portrayed by actor Val Kilmer is depicted as a good guy at heart, helping Wyatt Earp to keep order and law in the dangerous old west town of Tombstone, Arizona. He would remain an only child. His father was a veteran of several wars, including the Cherokee Indian War and the Mexican-American war. When he returned in from the Mexican-American war, he brought with him an orphaned Mexican boy named Francisco Hidalgo. His mother taught him manners and etiquette, while his father regaled him with war stories and survival skills.


  1. Mentor B. says:

    A close friend and associate of lawman Wyatt Earp , Holliday is best known for his role in the events leading up to and following the Gunfight at the O.

  2. Adrian F. says:

    Doc Holliday – Deadly Doctor of the American West – Legends of America

  3. Aaliyah B. says:

    Many stories have been told about the old American West.

  4. Lucrecio T. says:

    Who Was Doc Holliday - Really?!

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