Musings of S.M.

S.M.-Siobhan Murphy was brought up in a loving family environment by her parents-Peter and Molly. She realized her childhood dream of becoming a doctor having graduated from McKenna Medical College. Her romance with Patrick Piasso culminated in her marriage with him. Soon after, she faced a daunting task of balancing her professional endeavors with her family life. Patrick found it difficult to resist the overtures of another attractive woman during this turbulent period in their young married life. With each patient encounter, Siobhan learned the lessons of actual art of practicing medicine which she could never have acquired in the class rooms of her medical school. She realized that 'one-size-fits-all' approach did not work when she was confronting patients with different background and diverse mental make-up.

She would have to modify her healing potion depending on each individual patient's preferences and prejudices. With every interaction, she strove to become a better physician. Then one day, she got news of advanced cancer of Molly. Did she fall apart? "MUSINGS OF S.M." describes her struggle to handle this devastating blow which befell her soon after Patrick has left her.

--Bharat Desai



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