Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: Neil Ravin

  • The vindictive departmental chairman: a hospital tale of the 1970’s

    Solomon PosenSydney, Australia The main plot in Neil Ravin’s M.D.1 is the ongoing tension at Manhattan Hospital2 between two unevenly matched protagonists: Professor Maxwell Baptist, the Chairman of Medicine and Dr. William Ryan, a somewhat naïve resident who dislikes “kissing ass,” particularly Baptist’s ass. Predictably this attitude annoys the chairman, and Ryan pays the appropriate…