Dr. Patricia Greyhall’s “Rounds” :: Bay Area Reporter

“Making the Rounds: Defying Norms In Love & Medicine” is an interesting memoir and Grayhall’s first book.

Patricia Grayhall, like many LGBTQ people living in very conservative places, fled her hometown of Phoenix at the age of 19 and landed in San Francisco in search of freedom. Living openly as a lesbian and determined to pursue a career in the medical profession, she fulfilled both her dreams by attending medical schools in Salt Lake City and Boston in the early 1970s.

Readers will get a true education about what it was like to be one of only five women at Salt Lake City’s medical school and Boston’s only female intern.

Gray Hole hints at the many difficulties that arise in such situations. For example, having to put up with vulgar jokes her professor supposedly directed at her. But with her boundless courage, she decided it wouldn’t bother her one bit.Her eyes were on her goal of completing her studies and being able to practice medicine. It was well poured.

Memorably, Greyhall’s candor and candor touched the hearts of many, such as when she wrote about what it was like to endure the grueling medical training of the time while battling social isolation. It reflects the

“Thrown into the turbulent waters of medical training, chronically exhausted and mentally exhausted, I found myself in a stable position to provide the same care and support that my male colleagues seem to find in their wives and girlfriends.” I longed to have a love relationship.

Since he had no female classmates to befriend at the time, Grayhall joined forces with a gay male intern and together they made a successful round. At the time, they were even tasked with testing drugs on live monkeys.

1983, Patricia Greyhall, Harvard Medical School

Like any good memoir, the bulk of the book is spent digesting what happened with past loves. It was a very healing exercise for her and solved an outstanding problem.

Without a doubt, the 70’s were a fascinating time. To illustrate, one anecdote is about a steamy night she spent with her lover in Berkeley when she discovered a grumpy man had broken into their apartment. they cried. He asked if they had medicine. He threatened them with a knife. But then he noticed they were both naked in bed, and instantly felt a sense of admiration for them.

To protect her privacy and that of some characters, Grayhall decided to write under a pseudonym.

Indeed, “Making the Rounds: Defying Norms In Love & Medicine” was written as a guide for young women, even though Grayhall had to find his way without signposts. , written as an affirmation for older women. We have lived this history in one way or another.

Additionally, this book is for those who want to know about the brave women who paved the way for equality in education, what it was like to make a comeback to a time when same-sex attraction was still naively classified. A must read for anyone who wants it. Disability, and anyone who has ever felt different.

Dr. Patricia Greyhall will be available at the Passages Book Store in the One Ferry Building on November 13th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm and at Passages, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera on November 15th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm. , is in San Francisco for a book signing. She is the author of She Writes Press, live and virtual panel for the next chapter of The Thrill of Life.

“Making the Round: Defying the Norms of Love and Medicine” by Patricia Greyhall. She Writes the Press, $17.95

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