Now doctor Albin’s “five dollar” specials weren’t really that long ago. In fact they may have even stretched into the late 80’s here in Kensington. While other doctors may have been charging 50 or 75 bucks for a “check-up”, doctor Albin on Albemarle Road was still charging five bucks.
And I’m not really sure which of these houses on the right he had his office in, I know it was one of them though. Because I was one of his patients, and I always went to see him when I wanted to hear only “good news”.
Oh, and don’t forget the “red pills” that doctor Albin gave you when you left. I mean those pills were good for just about everything you know.
Even terminal “lung cancer”.
Yeah, good old doctor Albin, he told my dad he was as healthy as a horse and would live until he was a hundred years old.
Except my dad died at 39, only three months later.
But at least doctor Albin never made you feel bad, or like you had something wrong with you. No, it was only a "positive" experience when you saw doctor Albin. No matter what your condition.
I remember one time I was playing roller hockey on my block and the puck really smashed my finger. With ice wrapped around it I walked over to doctor Albin’s office. I sat there on the sun porch with a dozen or so of his regular elderly patients. The ice I had wrapped around my finger just dipped on the wood floor, making a small puddle.
When it was my turn to see him, he didn’t even take me inside. He just gave me more ice and a hand full of those red pills. And he let me slide for the five bucks too.
Good old doctor Albin.
And don't you dare call him a "quack" if you knew what was good for you. No, the only quacking we heard came came form Prospect Park lake.
No, we never heard doctor Albin "quack" once, no, never once.
Yeah, good old doctor Albin, did we love him or what.
But I'm afraid the story about doctor Albin doesn’t have a very happy ending you know. From what I heard, some junkie broke into his house looking for drugs and apparently killed him. That was sometime in the late 80’s or early 90’s, although I was never sure.
Doctor Albin and five dollar office visits. And I don’t think anyone ever asked him if he took insurance.