A physician in the sleepy Texas town of Yoakum, east of San Antonio, has been named Country Doctor of the Year for his 50 years of house calls.

David Watson says he's never aspired to any profession other than family practice. Now 78, Watson has provided medical care to most of Yoakum's residents over the years. He's made house calls on tractors. And he's even been paid with a homemade apple pie.

When he started out, Doc Watson charged $3 a visit. He still sees as many as 30 patients a day and says he'll only retire when crossword puzzles elude him.

Watson is being honored by the Staff Care physician staffing service as the doctor who best exemplifies the spirit of rural practitioners.

Family practitioners are disappearing. Most medical school graduates now prefer to go into higher-paying specialties.