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Lives of Doctor Wives: The Medical Marriage

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Medical Marriage

Over the 4th of July weekend we were at one of the attending's houses. He is getting ready to retire after many years as an OB/GYN. He is married (to his first and only wife) and has several grown children. Just as we were getting ready to leave his wife pulled me aside and handed me a book. She said that she had read the first addition many years ago and this addition that came out a few years ago and it helps.

The Medical Marriage is a book by Wayne Sotile and his wife Mary Sotile. Neither are physicians but both have worked with physician couples for many years. I had heard of this book before but have never read it. I love to read and spend a lot of time during the summers reading. I figured this summer sounded like a great time to read this book as well.

Some of you may have already read this book, have this book but have not read it, or have never heard of this book. I thought I would see if anyone else wants to have an online bookclub of sorts while reading this book. We can use the discussion forum for our chats or we can divide the chapters up and write posts about what we thought when we read them and use comments to discuss.

The book stresses the importance of having the physician spouse to read the book and complete the quizzes as well. My husband has agreed (begrudgingly) after we talked about how it only really works if we are both on the same page. We will see when he actually reads the chapter. Either way I am happy to post a few times as I go through the chapters but would really really like someone else to talk about what I read with. I have to tell you that even just reading the first few pages was very sobering. For the same reason I like this blog (to know that it is not just us, that it is really hard, that there is more stress, etc, etc) the book is reassuring and helpful to me. Let me know what you think.


Blogger Jeni said...

I would love to read this book. I was just checking to see if Amazon had copies and found two versions: The Medical Marriage: Sustaining Healthy Relationships for Physicians and Their Families [Paperback] and The Medical Marriage: A Couple's Survival Guide, both by the same authors. Which are you reading?

July 15, 2010 at 11:02 AM  
Blogger Adriana said...

I am reading Sustaining Healthy Relationships for Physicians and Their Families

July 15, 2010 at 11:04 AM  
Blogger Crystal said...

Sounds like a great idea! Are you reading the latest edition? I wanna read along!

July 15, 2010 at 2:19 PM  
Blogger Adriana said...

It was published in 2000 by the American Medical Association

July 15, 2010 at 2:37 PM  
Blogger Sarah Weiss said...

Just ordered the last version of the book on Amazon!

July 15, 2010 at 4:40 PM  
Blogger Behrmans said...

We just ordered the book. We would like to do it with you.

July 15, 2010 at 9:26 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

I would love to read along. This is a great idea. I know Rob won't be able to read anything other than text books right now but I love the idea of having it in the house so when his schedule does calm down a bit after residency we will have it as a reference.

July 16, 2010 at 2:01 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

I'd love to follow along! I'd like to be able to share different wives perspectives. Which book will everyone be following?

July 16, 2010 at 6:41 PM  
Blogger TheFamousStacie said...

Count me in, I'll check the library???

July 18, 2010 at 1:24 AM  
Blogger Melisa said...

Great idea! I'm in!

July 18, 2010 at 8:43 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

I'm buying it now! So happy I found this blog - I'm having weekly meltdowns as a new wife of a doctor spending 80% of my time alone.

July 19, 2010 at 5:54 PM  

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