‘Courtship’ moved him to tears …

‘Courtship’ moved him to tears … When we first met with Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities folks to discuss running excerpts from Courtship of Two Doctors in their award-winning magazine, Louisiana Cultural Vistas, the director made a confession. He had just finished reading the prologue and Read More →

‘Oughta be a movie’

‘Oughta be a movie’ The debate continues: Who would portray 1930s medical students and penpals Alice Baker and Joe Holoubek in a film? Ever since “The Courtship of Two Doctors” was published, readers have told us it felt like a moving picture. That compliment Read More →

“Women medical students were a curiosity …”

“Women medical students were a curiosity …”   “Courtship” author Martha Fitzgerald gave three separate talks to four audiences last week in Abilene, Texas.”Hen Medics and House Calls: An Insider’s Look at 1930s Medical Training” sparked knowing laughter at the regional medical society’s annual banquet, especially among Read More →

Meet Dr. Virginia, Class of 1937 …

Meet Dr. Virginia, Class of 1937 … She was known as Virginia Boyd in 1935 when Alice Baker joined her at medical school in New Orleans. She is now Dr. Virginia Boyd Connally, renowned in Texas as the first woman physician in Abilene, first woman to head Read More →

Recreating the summer of 1937 …

Recreating the summer of 1937 … Abilene, Texas, reporter Janet Van Vleet seemed to identify with “Courtship” author/editor Martha Fitzgerald. In her Nov. 2 article advancing a week of appearances in Abilene (“Parents’ words breathe life into 1930s,” Abilene Reporter-News), Van Vleet picked up on the Read More →

Dr. Stastny and women mentors …

Dr. Stastny and women mentors … Tom Weber’s third blog post about “Courtship” (October 31, 2014) offers a photo of Dr. Olga Sadilek Stastny, the pioneering Nebraska physician who helped change young Dr. Joe’s ideas about women in medicine. In New Orleans, Dr. Alice and her Read More →

Courtship of Two Doctors

This charming book is replete with enough medical references to interest any student of medical history. Other readers will fall under the spell of the music, automobiles, and social mores of the 1930s.

- Library Journal

Great new book of letters ... This well-done book should be on best-seller lists.

- Kirk Zebolsky

For medical students and residents in training, this is ‘must’ reading. A lesson from those who came before that great obstacles can be overcome and all will be worth it in the end.

- Robert A. Barish M.D.
Chancellor, LSU Health Shreveport

The tenderness, the joy and the hope of these two especially against the background of widespread and potentially fatal TB at home and Hitler's marauding in Europe makes it a love story to be cherished.

- Rose Selcer

Their letters revealed many tips for communication in a marriage: Be Spirit-filled. Be attentive and sensitive. Be honest. Be loving. Be wise. And sometimes, be quiet and just listen

- Daryl Mitchell M.D.