“Through the remarkable letters from a courtship between two young physicians during their training,” says Dr. Robert A. Barish, “we are transported back to a time when doctors made house calls, bravely exposed themselves to infectious diseases, and wholly surrendered their personal lives for their calling.”

Barish is chancellor of LSU Health Shreveport, the cornerstone of northwest Louisiana’s health-care industry.

“Dr. Joe Holoubek was a skilled physician and a giant in the history of the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport. Dr. Alice was a pioneer for women in medicine. Their letters show us their complete commitment to one another and to medicine.

“Physicians can identify with their retelling of the awesome responsibility and ultimate satisfaction of learning to make a confident diagnosis, set a broken bone, or bring a new life into the world. Their personal experiences take us through the rigors of training and the realities of medicine in the 1930s, including extreme overcrowding, long duty hours, and the TB epidemic that had long-lasting and profound effects on the course of their careers and lives.”