I am reading Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. It could have been written by my now deceased brother-in-law, Dr. Gib Allen, chief surgeon at the Belleville General in Ontario, later after his wife, Barbara (my sister, of course) had in 1967 the first all female town council in Canada, reeve of Tweed himself. I will not quote from it, for such scenes as are depicted would not pass my censor. But astonishing writing - fearful, gasp-inducing, 'no, no, no Dr Stone, don't do it' - all clearly the result of the medical training of the 40s and 50s.
There's a sign on it like those in Alice's land - R E A D M E.