Doctors are often accused of callousness, venality, and self-infatuation. But they remind us that they have sacrificed the springtime of their lives, completely lost the precious years between their twenties and their thirties acquiring skills to benefit their fellow man.
Furthermore, they have suffered deprivation. Most of them have not had more than a dozen real nights sleep in all this time. Many have sacrificed their marriages and have lost the unique opportunity to see their children grow.
So when they argue that the world owes them some compensation – in the form of wealth, respect and social status – their demands are not entirely without cause.
Also as the grim statistics show, they often suffer worse than any patient. For no one can repair a broken marriage or restore the children damaged by their father’s ostensible neglect.
Doctors, Erich Segal