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July 16, 1982

Solo Practice: A Woman Surgeon's Story

JAMA. 1982;248(3):371. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330030069035

In her book, Solo Practice: A Woman Surgeon's Story, Elizabeth Morgan relates her experiences during her first year in private practice as a plastic surgeon in Washington, DC. It follows The Making of a Woman Surgeon, in which she recounted events occurring during her years in general and plastic surgery training.

The present book is written in a simple, chatty, first-person narrative style. It is full of anecdotes about Dr Morgan's colleagues and patients. (Names have been changed, of course.) There is an assortment of picturesque and even comical characters, among others, Fred, the copierfixer turned physician's office organizer; Ray Patterson, a Vietnam veteran who wants to be made to look like John Lennon; Phil, the cocainesnorting, limousine-chauffeured plastic surgeon; and Commander Rowe, who used his consultation visit to rearrange Morgan's diplomas and prints with the aid of a pocket knife and hammering shoe.

Many of the stories are entertaining