In Sunday's New York Times there was an interesting article by Dr. Julie Holland about how women's emotions should be appreciated and not pathologized.
First, let me tell you that I read Dr. Holland's book called Weekends at Bellevue and I hated it. She talked about her sadistic feelings (and sometimes actions) towards patients, and her own therapy to overcome this. While I realize that we don't all harbor the kindest feelings towards every single patient on every single day, and sometimes docs have rough stuff going on too, I was appalled. She whistled some song about here comes the parade when prisoners were brought into the ER. She was mean and disrespectful. Feelings are feelings, but to knowingly be sadistic and disrespectful to patients is inexcusable. I read it and was embarrassed to be a member of her profession.
Now that I got that off my chest, the article in Sunday's NY Times called Medicating Women's Feelings was interesting and thought-provoking. Holland writes: