A large portion of our citizenry seems to occupy itself talking and reading about us physicians. The television screens are filled with programs offered to show what life in hospitals is like. The distance of these programs from the realities of doctor-hospital existence is great, but the ratings are often high.
There are all sorts of books about doctors available at the booksellers. The persistent reader can find out what we were like in medical school, in residency and fellowship, and in practice. The reader can learn about us when we are well and when we are sick. We physicians may not always be honored as much as we think we deserve to be, but we are, at least, read about.
The author of M. D.: Doctors Talk About Themselves is not a physician, but he appears to be able to put physicians at ease. He interviewed doctors in different