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It could be a scene from a 19th-century literary classic, but in the hills of Italy's northern Piedmont region Roberto Anfosso is just commuting to work.For the last 10 years, the slight 63-year-old doctor, with white hair, glasses and a neat mustache, has been making his house calls to patients on horseback.Anfosso says horseback is his preferred mode of transport for routine, nonurgent visits, such as monitoring diabetes and checking blood pressure.A special relationship Anfosso undertakes his journeys all year round, over the lush green hills during the summer months and through the snow during the icy winters.The grandson of a cavalry officer, Anfosso started riding at the age of 14, when his asthma forced him to give up football.But his first patient visit on horseback came years later, by chance.
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