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By Wood Barbara. . 509 pages. Doubleday & Company, Inc., New York: , 1983.. $3.95 (paperback).

Ann Intern Med. 1984;101(4):578. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-101-4-578_1
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The Paperback Romance is one of the largest selling categories of fiction. The protagonist is usually a beautiful young woman, relatively alone in the world and long suffering, who falls in love early in the novel with a mysterious man with whom a passionate encounter will invariably occur after long anticipation. The amorous coupling, however, is seldom accomplished on the concrete floor of a pathology laboratory in a hospital owned and operated by the chief character.

Samantha, the woman physician who is the heroine of this romance, is not a disguised Elizabeth Blackwell. Blackwell had a nice father, not a


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