Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Medicine and Love

Last year, my boss busted an elderly female patient reading this trashy hospital romance novel on the ward.

At first he thought it was terrific because this book featured a handsome physician rather than the brutish surgeons our patient usually read about (my boss was a cardiologist). He even photocopied the cover, hence the black and white pic above.

Then he discovered some sage advice on the cover. From that day forth, whenever we came across an attractive fellow medic (it might have happened twice), he would stop and wisely remind me, "medicine and love do not mix".

Wouldn't find that in a textbook.


PTR said...

I recall reading recently that love is a potent inhibitor of CYP-2D6 which goes a long way to explaining why it doesn't mix with medicine.

Pink Stethoscopes said...

"We can never be together, Doctor"
"But why, my love?"
"Because it stops me from producing enough active metabolites of my essential medications"