When I was a junior doctor in training, I was told by a senior doctor, “We don’t need any more of you lady doctors.”

Now on a daily basis I hear that whispered shriek from the waiting room: “We’re going to see the lady doctor!” Mostly they are under the age of seven, but sometimes¬†over seventy. People between those age groups say it with their eyes.

I like being a doctor and a lady. I write about being a doctor because I love it, and I have a lot to say about it. I write because the gulf between doctors and the general public is unnecessarily wide and because bridging that gap is fun and funny. Medicine is hilarious and tragic and banal and fascinating and overwhelming, and incredibly beautiful.