Published Date : Aug 15, 2012
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Senior medical students Alice Baker of New Orleans and Joe Holoubek of Omaha meet in 1937 and begin a two-year correspondence across 1,100 miles. They set their sights on a return to Mayo Clinic, the medical mecca where they found each other and danced to the haunting Harbor Lights. Grave illness and career setbacks shake their confidence, but the two decide to face an uncertain future together, trusting in each other and the relationship they built letter by letter.
Compiled with meticulous attention to detail, The Courtship of Two Doctors provides an inspiring look at the birth of a marriage and a lifetime of service.
Martha Holoubek Fitzgerald is an award-winning journalist with 20 years in management. She edited and published her father’s Bible-based novel, Letters to Luke, in 2004. She now works with private and business clients through Martha Fitzgerald Consulting.
In this fast-paced modern world of e-mails and texts, what a delight it is to savor this book of letters written between two physicians-in-training. Drs. Joe and Alice Holoubek shared their observations, knowledge, and personal journeys as they fell in love with each other and the practice of medicine.
—novelist Judy Christie
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
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.