Sex, Drugs, And Scrubs
J.A. Alexander, author
This is a story about what it took to become a doctor when doctors were physicians, not providers. It is about a young doctor doing his internship in a city/county hospital in the early seventies and the training he went through to become a competent physician. It is about his struggle to find love and maintain hope in the face of the daunting challenges he faced. It is about the wild alcohol fueled parties coupled with the torrid nights of unrestrained passion he needed in order to deal with the pathos of the human condition he encountered every day at the hospital. It is first and foremost a love story about two young lovers, but interwoven into the framework of their love are the obstacles they had to overcome and the transitions they had to go through to reach the threshold of a bright future together. It is about one year, the internship year, in the life of a young doctor going through hell, but finding heaven in the love of a beautiful, exceptional, young woman. However, this novel is about more than a young man becoming a competent, reliable physician, finding love, and maintaining hope in the face of the challenges he endures during his training. It also addresses the issues that arose out of the counterculture of the 60's and 70's along with the problems our society faces today. The young lovers must navigate the lure of excess and self-indulgence, the changing mores and morals of the sexual revolution, racism, the bigotry of the poorly educated, sexual harassment, the corrosive effects of poverty and wealth inequality on society, along with the advent of nihilism and existentialism in our culture. It is also about the complexities of life in the ever more rapidly evolving world of today.