One way to get a better understanding of the life your medical spouse is leading is to read books related to their profession. Cutting for Stone is next up on my list; having listened with Dr. Dani in the car while she was listening to it on her commute back and forth to Topeka, I am really excited about this one. Click through to see what else I've been reading.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is fascinating not only in terms of the medical advances related to the HeLa cell line, but also in terms of the medical-legal history. I listened to this one and there are some issues with the book (yet more exploitation in some sense, as some reviewers on Amazon note, as well as the problematic presentation of the material in the audio-book version), but at the same time I realize the story would likely never have been told otherwise.
Have tissues handy. This one is heartbreaking.
I highly recommend this read for those early in their medical education (or in their spouse's journey toward a career in medicine). As a first person account of training, relationship strain, and battling depression, this is a must-read. It didn't come out until last year, but even those later in the journey will find something here.
This blog is written from the perspective of an older medical spouse who happens to be childless by choice. I hope that husbands, older spouses, those childless by choice, and others will find this entertaining and occasionally useful.