I'm going in for a dilation and curettage (D&C) next week. But even as I worry about carcinomas and five-year survival rates, an incident from my last D&C keeps popping into my mind.
That operation occurred after I hadn't seen a gynecologist in years. On my internist's recommendation I saw a physician whom I'll call Dr James Gold, diplomate, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology; fellow, American College of Surgeons; and associate attending physician at a large teaching hospital. It turned out that he was a contemporary, that he lived in my neighborhood, and that his children and mine were classmates. He'd gone to medical school with one of my friends and interned with another. No one would have worried about inviting us to the same dinner party.
One visit and several phone calls later—all conducted on a cordial "Dr Gold" and "Mrs Natkins" basis—surgery was scheduled and soon afterward
Natkins LG. 'Hi, Lucille, This Is Dr Gold!'. JAMA. 1982;247(17):2415. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320420059039
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