It’s the early 1970’s, and Dave Cameron is soon to start work as an intern at a large university hospital in the South. Before Orientation, he meets Sharon, who his friend Henry swears is his perfect match. Dave and Sharon quickly fall into a passionate relationship that surprises them both in its intensity. Sharon Kelly is a beautiful flight attendant whose looks lead to her becoming a model but they also create problems for her. When she meets Dave, she is running or flying away from those problems and her past. Dave is an unconventional doctor: a music-loving, long-haired idealist who hopes his generation will improve the world. He manages the stress of his internship with a combination of smoking weed and having sex with Sharon. They both go trough life changing metamorphoses over the course of his internship as their relationship evolves into an all-consuming unconditional love.
This is a story about what it took to become a doctor when doctors were physicians, not providers. It is about a young doctor doing his internship in a city/county hospital in the early seventies and the training he went through to become a competent physician. It is about his struggle to find love and maintain hope in the face of the daunting challenges he faced. It is about the wild alcohol and drug fueled parties coupled with the torrid nights of unrestrained passion he needed in order to deal with the pathos of the human condition he encountered every day at the hospital. It is first and foremost a love story about two young lovers, but interwoven into the framework of their love are the obstacles they had to overcome and the transitions they had to go through in order to reach the threshold of a bright future together. It is about one year, the internship year, in the life of a young doctor going through hell, but finding heaven in the love of a beautiful, exceptional, young woman.
Targeted Age Group: 25-65
Written by: J.A. Alexander
I have a BS in Biology from Southern Methodist University, an MD Degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, and three years of postgraduate training – Internship and Residency. I was Board Certified and practiced Medicine for thirty years, serving as a Hospital Chief of Staff of one hospital and on multiple Hospital Committees at another. I was the Project Leader for several programs analyzing old systems and developing new systems to improve quality, decrease cost, and improve efficiency for a large multi-specialty medical group – Kaiser in California. I was a Volunteer Facility Member for two medical schools training medical students and residents, as well as nurse practitioners. I served my community as the high school team physician for football, was elected to four county boards, and was on the board of directors for two nonprofits; one for hospice care and one for environmental preservation. This is my second novel. The first dealt with internship. I have been married for forty-seven years and we have two adult children and one grandchild. I am retired and reside in Northern California.
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