Doctor in distress

A surgeon has a stark realisation that he is not coping with life as well as he had thought

Dr Peter R is a 45-year-old surgeon who works in rural practice. The first indication he had that all was not going as well as he imagined was when Marie, his receptionist of 10 years, asked for extended leave at short notice.

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She requested the leave by email and gave no reason for it. He approached her at the end of the day to find out what was going on. His first thought was about how he was going to manage to replace her, but then he began to wonder if she was sick. She

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